If you're puzzled by a term and feel like you can ask someone you love in the LGBTQ community to help you make sense of it, do it. But also be careful not to put the burden of your education on other people when there's a whole wide world of resources out there. The "A" has also been used by some to refer to "ally. About 1. A person's gender identity may not align with their sex at birth; not the same as sexual orientation. It can refer to our hair, the clothes we wear, the way we speak.
Appendix:English sexual slurs
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Though connected and overlapping, the following living language of sexual and gender identity are often distinct and unique. Try not to think of them as definitions, but as a begin point for further research and listening. Furthermore, these identities and terms are constantly evolving and may not mean the same thing years from now or between two individuals who use them. This includes actively challenging homophobic and transphobic remarks and behaviors as well as exploring and understanding heterosexist and cissexist forms of bias with themselves.
Comprehensive* List of LGBTQ+ Vocabulary Definitions
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Sometimes we say words without realizing the impact they may have on others. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Take time to educate yourself about language and histories of oppression.