The terms and definitions below are always evolving, changing and often mean different things to different people. They are provided below as a starting point for discussion and understanding. This Glossary has been collectively built and created by the staff members of the LGBTQIA Resource Center since the early 2000s. Are we missing a word or term? Let us know!

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Glossary of Terms


An acronym that stands for “marginalized orientations, gender alignments, and intersex.” It is used by some in a similar way to the umbrella acronym: LGBTQIA+. It is also used to refer to a subset of the LGBTQIA+ community that is vocal against gatekeeping and the use of microlabels. (Source: UW Milwaukee “Glossary of Terms”)


Having only one intimate partner at any one time.


The belief in and systematic privileging of monosexuality as superior, and the systematic oppression of non-monosexuality.


People who have romantic, sexual, or affectional desire for one gender only. Heterosexuality and homosexuality are the most well-known forms of monosexuality.


An abbreviation for men who have sex with men; they may or may not identify as gay.


Mx. (pronounced "Mix") is a gender inclusive salutation