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Ace Ace is an umbrella term used to describe a variation in levels of romantic and/or sexual attraction, including a lack of attraction.

Ace people may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including, but not limited to, asexual, aromantic, demis and grey-As.
Ace
Ally A (typically) straight and/or cis person who supports members of the LGBT community. Cynghreiriad 
Bi  Bi is an umbrella term used to describe an emotional, romantic and/or sexual orientation towards more than one gender.

Bi people may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including, but not limited to, bisexual, pan, bi-curious, queer, and other non-monosexual and non-monoromantic identities.
Deurywiol
Biphobia The fear or dislike of someone who identifies as bi based on prejudice or negative attitudes, beliefs or views about bi people. Biphobic bullying may be targeted at people who are, or who are perceived to be, bi. Deuffobia 
Butch Butch is a term used in LBT culture to describe someone who expresses themselves in a typically masculine way.

There are other identities within the scope of butch, such as ‘soft bunch’ and ‘stone butch’. You shouldn’t use these terms about someone unless you know they identify with them.
Bwtsh
Cisgender or Cis  Someone whose gender identity is the same as the sex they were assigned at birth. Non-trans is also used by some people. Cydryweddol
Coming out  When a person first tells someone/others about their identity as lesbian, gay, bi or trans. Dod allan 
Deadnaming Calling someone by their birth name after they have changed their name. This term is often associated with trans people who have changed their name as part of their transition. Camenwi
Femme Femme is a term used in LGBT culture to describe someone who expresses themselves in a typically feminine way.

There are other identities within the scope of femme, such as ‘low femme’, ‘high femme’, and ‘hard femme’. You shouldn’t use these terms about someone unless you know they identify with them.
Ffem
Gay Refers to a man who has a romantic and/or sexual orientation towards men. Also a generic term for lesbian and gay sexuality - some women define themselves as gay rather than lesbian. Hoyw
Gender Often expressed in terms of masculinity and femininity, gender is largely culturally determined and is assumed from the sex assigned at birth. Rhywedd 
Gender dysphoria  Used to describe when a person experiences discomfort or distress because there is a mismatch between their sex assigned at birth and their gender identity.

This is also the clinical diagnosis for someone who doesn’t feel comfortable with the sex they were assigned at birth.
Dysfforia rhywedd 
Gender expression How a person chooses to outwardly express their gender, within the context of societal expectations of gender. A person who does not conform to societal expectations of gender may not, however, identify as trans Mynegiant Rhywedd
Gender identity  A person’s innate sense of their own gender, whether male, female or something else (see non-binary). Hunaniaeth rhywedd 
Gender reassignment  Another way of describing a person’s transition. To undergo gender reassignment usually means to undergo some sort of medical intervention, but it can also mean changing names, pronouns, dressing differently and living in their self-identified gender.

Gender reassignment is a characteristic that is protected by the Equality Act 2010, and it is further interpreted in the Equality Act 2010 approved code of practice. It is a term of much contention and is one that Stonewall's Trans Advisory Group feels should be reviewed.
Ailbennu rhywedd
Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC)  This enables trans people to be legally recognised in their self-identified gender and to be issued with a new birth certificate.  Not all trans people will apply for a GRC and you have to be over 18 to apply. 

You do not need a GRC to change your gender at work or to legally change your gender on other documents such as your passport. 
Tystysgrif Cydnabod Rhywedd 
Gillick Competence A term used in medical law to decide whether a child (under 16 years of age) is able to consent to his or her own medical treatment, without the need for parental permission or knowledge Cymhwysedd Gillick
Heterosexual / Straight  Refers to a man who has a romantic and/or sexual orientation towards women or to a woman who has a romantic and/or sexual orientation towards men. Heterorywiol / Syth 
Homophobia The fear or dislike of someone, based on prejudice or negative attitudes, beliefs or views about lesbian, gay or bi people. Homophobic bullying may be targeted at people who are, or who are perceived to be, lesbian, gay or bi. Homoffobia
Homosexual This might be considered a more medical term used to describe someone who has a romantic and/or sexual orientation towards someone of the same gender. The term ‘gay’ is now more generally used. Cyfunrywiol 
Intersex A term used to describe a person who may have the biological attributes of both sexes or whose biological attributes do not fit with societal assumptions about what constitutes male or female.

Intersex people may identify as male, female or non-binary.

Stonewall works with intersex groups to provide its partners and stakeholders information and evidence about areas of disadvantage experienced by intersex people but does not, after discussions with members of the intersex community, include intersex issues as part of its current remit at this stage.
Rhyngryw
Lesbian Refers to a woman who has a romantic and/or sexual orientation towards women. Lesbiaidd 
Lesbophobia The fear or dislike of someone because they are or are perceived to be a lesbian. Lesboffobia
LGBT The acronym for lesbian, gay, bi and trans. LHDT
Neurodiverse A concept where neurological differences are recognised and respected in the same way as any other human difference. Niwroamrywiol
Non-binary  An umbrella term for people whose gender identity doesn’t sit comfortably with ‘man’ or ‘woman’. Non-binary identities are varied and can include people who identify with some aspects of binary identities, while others reject them entirely. Anneuaidd
Orientation Orientation is an umbrella term describing a person's attraction to other people. This attraction may be sexual (sexual orientation) and/or romantic (romantic orientation). These terms refers to a person's sense of identity based on their attractions, or lack thereof.

Orientations include, but are not limited to, lesbian, gay, bi, ace and straight.
Cyfeiriadedd
Outed When a lesbian, gay, bi or trans person’s sexual orientation or gender identity is disclosed to someone else without their consent. Datgelu heb gydsyniad ('Owtio')
Pan Refers to a person whose romantic and/or sexual attraction towards others is not limited by sex or gender. Panrywiol 
Passing If someone is regarded, at a glance, to be a cisgender man or cisgender woman.

Cisgender refers to someone whose gender identity matches the sex they were ‘assigned’ at birth. This might include physical gender cues (hair or clothing) and/or behaviour which is historically or culturally associated with a particular gender.
Pasio
Person with a trans history Someone who identifies as male or female or a man or woman, but was assigned the opposite sex at birth. This is increasingly used by people to acknowledge a trans past. Person gydag hanes traws
Pronoun Words we use to refer to people’s gender in conversation - for example, ‘he’ or ‘she’. Some people may prefer others to refer to them in gender neutral language and use pronouns such as they / their and ze / zir. Rhagenw
Queer Queer is a term used by those wanting to reject specific labels of romantic orientation, sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It can also be a way of rejecting the perceived norms of the LGBT community (racism, sizeism, ableism etc). Although some LGBT people view the word as a slur, it was reclaimed in the late 80s by the queer community who have embraced it. Cwiar/Queer 
Questioning The process of exploring your own sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Cwestiynu
Romantic Orientation A person’s romantic attraction to other people, or lack thereof. Along with sexual orientation, this forms a person’s orientation identity.

Stonewall uses the term ‘orientation’ as an umbrella term covering sexual and romantic orientations.
Cyfeiriadedd Rhamantus
Sex  Assigned to a person on the basis of primary sex characteristics (genitalia) and reproductive functions. Sometimes the terms ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ are interchanged to mean ‘male’ or ‘female’. Rhyw
Sexual orientation  A person’s sexual attraction to other people, or lack thereof. Along with romantic orientation, this forms a person’s orientation identity.

Stonewall uses the term ‘orientation’ as an umbrella term covering sexual and romantic orientations.
Cyfeiriadedd rhywiol 
Trans An umbrella term to describe people whose gender is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth.

Trans people may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including (but not limited to) transgender, cross dresser, non-binary, genderqueer (GQ).
Traws 
Transgender man  A term used to describe someone who is assigned female at birth but identifies and lives as a man. This may be shortened to trans man, or FTM, an abbreviation for female-to-male. Dyn trawsryweddol 
Transgender woman  A term used to describe someone who is assigned male at birth but identifies and lives as a woman. This may be shortened to trans woman, or MTF, an abbreviation for male-to-female. Menyw drawsryweddol 
Transitioning The steps a trans person may take to live in the gender with which they identify. Each person’s transition will involve different things. For some this involves medical intervention, such as hormone therapy and surgeries, but not all trans people want or are able to have this.

Transitioning also might involve things such as telling friends and family, dressing differently and changing official documents.
Trawsnewid
Transphobia The fear or dislike of someone based on the fact they are trans, including the denial/refusal to accept their gender identity. Trawsffobia
Transsexual This was used in the past as a more medical term (similarly to homosexual) to refer to someone whose gender is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth.

This term is still used by some although many people prefer the term trans or transgender.
Trawsrywiol