The goal of this activity is to increase your awareness of various terms and concepts that are relevant to various two-spirit, trans, and non-binary communities.
Language is dynamic, always shifting and changing over time. These definitions are not meant to be understood as exhaustive, absolute, exact, or static. Think of these definitions as approximations that may be used differently by various people and communities.
This exercise is a starting place; there are many more terms in existence than we have space to discuss. In particular, there are terms that are specific to diasporic cultures, and Indigenous communities within Canada as well as terms commonly used outside of Canada that we have not included here.
→ Tip: Respect how someone self-identifies, use the language they use to describe themselves, and/or respectfully ask what language they want you to use.
On the left column, there is a list of terms and concepts. The middle column has a list of definitions. The activity is to match up the terms and concepts with their definitions. Select the term you would like to define and then select the definition you believe to be correct. If you are correct, both boxes will change colour and align on the right column.
When you are finished with the activity, there is a link on the Resources page to a glossary that includes terms listed here and more terms that are not listed here.
Some definitions are taken verbatim from: Queer Terminology from A to Q by QMunity, accessed at https://qmunity.ca/wpcontent/uploads/2019/06/Queer-Glossary_2019_02.pdf.
Other resources consulted include The Intersex Society of North America
Some definitions are taken verbatim from: Queer Terminology from A to Q by QMunity, accessed at https://qmunity.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Queer-Glossary_2019_02.pdf.
Other resources consulted include The Asexual Visibility and Education Network https://www.asexuality.org/?q=overview.html