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Allies
Allies are persons who are supportive of the LGBTQQIP2SAA persons in their life as well as the broader LGBTQQIP2SAA community.
How you can be an ally:
Be open-minded. Be a listener. Be willing to talk.
Be inclusive and invite LGBTQQIP2SAA friends to spend time with your friends and family.
Don't make the assumption that your friends and co-workers are not lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, two spirit, androgynous, or asexual. Someone close to you could be looking for support with their coming-out process; not making assumptions will assist them in being able to turn to you for support and affirmation.
Comments and jokes at the expense of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, two spirit, androgynous, or asexual persons are hurtful and they are harmful. Make it clear to your friends, family, and co-workers that you find them offensive.
Confront your own prejudices and biases even as you find
it uncomfortable to do so.
Defend your LGBTQQIP2SAA friends against discrimination realizing that all persons regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation deserve to be treated
with dignity and respect.

Androgyny
A gender expression relating to members of the LGBTQQIP2SAA community who embrace both masculine and feminine characteristics.

Aromanticism / Asexuality
Asexual persons embrace a life which does not include sexual interactions with other persons. Aromantic persons embrace a life which does not include romance. Aromantic aseuxal (aro-ace) persons embrace a life which includes neither romantic nor sexual interactions.
As aromanticism and asexuality are distinct a given person might be aromantic, asexual, or both.  We can all do a better job of extending allyship, compassion and support to asexual, aromantic and aro-ace persons.

BDSM
An acronym for the words Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, and Masochism. Over time the word BDSM has grown beyond it's literal meaning to become emblematic for a diverse, gender-inclusive community, the BDSM Community.

Coming Out
Sharing one's gender identity and/or sexual orientation with friends, family, and acquaintances.

Cross-Dressing
Dressing in a manner which stands at variance with the gender identity assigned to a person by society. A common misnomer is that cross-dressing relates only to transwomen.

Day of Remembrance
Violence against the transgender community is more pervasive than is many people realize. November 20th is the day when we celibrate the memory of those who have been taken from us.

Gender Non Conforming (GNC)
Expressing one's gender identity in a manner which is not in keeping with expectations.
Misgendering
Referring to a person by a gender with which they do not identify.
Munches
Casual meetings for members of a local BDSM community. Munches are generally open to anyone who wishes to attend and provide a means for existing community members to keep in touch as well as welcoming new persons into the community.
Non-Binary
A person who's gender identity is not limited to a single gender expression.

Open To All
The proposed extension of non-discrimination laws to include
the LGBTQQIP2SAA Community. Visit www.OpenToAll.com to learn more.

Pangender
Embracing qualities typically associated with more than one gender identity.
Play
Engaging in BDSM activities.
Play Party
A gathering where persons holding an interest in BDSM meet to socalize and engage in BDSM activities.

Sizeism
A system of exclusion imposed on persons based upon their size or weight. When evaluating potential partners on Collarspace it's important to keep in mind that amazing people come in all shapes and sizes.

Safe, Sane, and Consensual (SSC)
A conrnerstone principle of the community premised upon ensuring that
BDSM activities are consensual and carried out in a safe manner which
protects all participants from any manner of harm.

Two Spirit Persons
Two spirit persons hold within them both a masculine and a feminine spirit.
Appreciation for two spirit persons originated with the indigenous peoples
of the First Nations. We can all benefit from their wisdom.


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