A Guys’ Guide to Gender and Sexuality:

A crash course on the sexual spectrum today


By Keisha Mitchell

So if you haven’t noticed Gentleman, the game has changed. Society has shifted

seemingly permanently and sensitivity and recognition of diversity in others are matters of social life or death. If you’re having a hard time keeping up, or feel a little uncomfortable asking what some of the appropriate things to say in regards to those different from you for fear of being attacked or misunderstood, SAPIO is here to help. This gender glossary is by no means an all-comprehensive guide and that’s because the understanding of genders and their expression as well as the genetic factors behind what we know as the “sexes” is consistently growing and expanding, which means changing...and that’s ok. What we will say, is that this quick reference guide will help you understand the basics of what a Person might mean when they choose to identify as anything other than Male or Female, and hopefully broaden your insight into just how big this world actually is.


Let's Start With the Basics:

Gender: Either of the two sexes (M&F), especially when used in reference to social and cultural differences

rather than biological ones. The term is also used to broadly denote a range of identities that do not correspond to traditional male and female ideals.


Sexuality: A capacity for sexual feelings, or a person’s sexual orientation or preference .


A List of Current Recognized Genders:


Male: of or denoting the sex that produces small, typically motile gametes, espe-

cially spermatozoa, with which a female may be fertilized or inseminated

to produce offspring.


Female: of or denoting the sex that can bear

offspring or produce eggs, distinguished biologically by the production

of gametes (ova) which can be fertilized by male gametes.


Hermaphodite: a person or animal having both male

and female sex organs or other sexual characteristics, either abnormally or

(in the case of some organisms) as the natural condition.


Trans-gendered: denoting or relating to a person whose

sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.


Bigender: denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity encompasses two genders.


Genderqueer: denoting or relating to a person who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions but identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male

and female genders.


Genderless: lacking qualities typically associated with either sex. 2 : suitable to or for either sex also : not reflective of the experiences, prejudices, or orientations of one sex more than the other


A List of Current Acknowledged Sexualities:

Hetero: a man or a woman who deires both sexual and ro-

mantic partnerships with the opposite sex.


Gay: a man who is both sexually attracted to and desires

romantic partnerships with other men,


Lesbian: a woman who both sexually attracted to and desires

romantic partnerships with other men,


Bisexual: a man or a woman who is sexually attracted not exclusively to people of one particular gender; attracted to both men and women.


Asexual: without sexual feelings or association.


Sexually Fluid: one or more changes in sexuality or sexual identity.





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