Pride Month: LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary in Portuguese
- Thursday June 30th, 2022
- Posted by: Amanda Ennes
- Category: Learn the Portuguese Language and Portuguese Grammar
Celebrating pride month, we have listed below a few words from the LGBTQIA+ vocabulary in Portuguese you must learn if you are studying a new language.
Over the years, in Brazil, the acronym used for LGBTQIA+ groups has changed. See some of its uses:
|GLS||Gays, Lésbicas e Simpatizantes (Gays, Lesbians and Supporters)|
|GLB||Gays, Lésbicas e Bissexuais (Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals)|
|GLBT||Gays, Lésbicas, Bissexuais, Transsexuais e Travestis (Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transsexuals and Transvestites)|
|LGBTQIA+||Lésbicas, Gays, Bissexuais, Transexuais e Travestis, Queers, Intersexuais, Assexuais e todos os outros gêneros e sexualidades (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals and Transvestites, Queers, Intersex, Asexuals and all other genders and sexualities)|
It is designated at birth according to the biological characteristics of the newborn. Chromosomes, genitalia, hormonal composition, etc may be taken into account.
Social construction that identifies whether a person is male or female according to their biological sex.
Identidade de gênero
The perception that each person has of themselves, regardless of biological sex.
|Transgênero||Someone who identifies with a gender other than the one assigned at birth|
|Cisgênero||Someone who identifies with the same gender assigned at birth|
|Não-binário||Someone who does not identify as having an exclusive gender|
Disforia de gênero
A discomfort or dissatisfaction with characteristics related to the gender assigned at birth.
It is the ability of each individual to feel physical, emotional, or affective attraction for another person.
|Heterossexual||Someone who is attracted to the opposite sex|
|Homossexual||Someone who is attracted to the same sex|
|Bissexual||Someone who is attracted to both sexes|
|Assexual||Someone who is not attracted to anyone, regardless of their gender identity or biological sex|
|Pansexual||Someone who is attracted to anyone, regardless of their gender identity or biological sex|
It is the name used by transsexual and transvestite individuals while there has been no change in their legal documents.
LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary in Portuguese
|Gay||A man who is attracted to another man|
|Lésbica||A woman who is attracted to another woman|
|Mulher trans||Someone who identifies as female even though they were designated male at birth|
|Homem trans||Someone who identifies as male even though they were designated female at birth|
|Travesti||Someone who was designated male at birth but identifies as a female figure|
|Drag Queen||Temporary performance that has no connection to sexual orientation or gender identity|
|Queer||An adjective used for people who identify with all sexual orientations and genders|
Note: For many years, the term Travesti had a pejorative meaning behind it. It was used for marginalized people, who usually worked in prostitution. However, recently the term has been re-signified, becoming a proud label for many transvestites.
Learn about some LGBTQIA+ Brazilians who are successful in Brazil; check out our Instagram post below:
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