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


Inequitable actions carried out by members of a dominant group or its representatives against members of a marginalized or minoritized group. It is harming someone’s rights because of who they are or what they believe. Discrimination is inherently harmful and promotes inequity. Discrimination may be direct (explicit) or indirect (not explicit, but disproportionately disadvantages a specific group (s). All individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability, etc., deserve to be treated equally and not face discrimination. (Source: Amnesty International “Discrimination”)