LGBTQIA+: Abbreviation for the collective name that includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and all other sex/gender identities. Perceived gender: The gender that a person is assumed to have based on external characteristics and behaviors. Scrutiny: To look at something or someone or study it or them with a critical eye. Stereotypes: Collective assumptions, usually negative, that are made about a larger group or population based on misconceptions or one-off experiences. Sexual orientation: How someone identifies and sees themselves in terms of sexual attraction and presentation in their day-to-day life. There is a great deal of talk today about sex, gender, and personal identity. WORDS TO UNDERSTAND


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