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Here you can find a list of some LGBTQA + terminologies  and specific to the purchase of FtM prosthetics.

This glossary provides a concise definition of the terms most frequently used when dealing with issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, in order to offer a shared vocabulary.
The items in the list do not follow an alphabetical order but a thematic development.

Biological Sex

Determined by nature, it is the combination of genetic, anatomical, morphological, physiological and psychological (in humans) traits that define belonging to a male, female or intersex condition. It is a purely physical dimension linked to the body with which one is born, and is assigned based on anatomy. Sex, gender and sexual orientation are not dependent on each other  


Gender identity

It refers to the inner sense of belonging of each to a sexual gender (man or woman) and can correspond to one's biological sex of birth (CISgender) or to the opposite one (TRANSgender or transsexual). Specifically, a male who perceives himself as a man or a female who perceives himself as a woman will be cisgender; a male who recognizes himself as a woman will be referred to as A transsexual (M to F) while a female who recognizes himself as a man will be A transsexual (F to M). It should also be noted that being transgender does not necessarily imply undergoing sex reassignment surgery as this is a choice that not all transgender individuals decide to make.

Other terms that may be useful in describing other conditions with respect to gender identity are: agender (without gender - those who do not recognize themselves in a gender that can be classified as female or male, or who do not identify with any gender identity); genderqueer (umbrella term that groups the different identity definitions described above, not falling exclusively into the female / male binomial); genderfluid (when gender identity is changeable between two or more genders, feminine / masculine / neutral).

Finally, speaking of gender, another concept must also be remembered, which is that of GENDER ROLE, that is the set of prescriptions and social expectations on what the reference culture deems adequate and appropriate for men and women (for example which jobs or interests are considered female and which male);  


Sexual orientation

Indicates the stable and / or prevailing direction of physical, romantic, affective and emotional attraction towards  The other people. Heterosexual is defined as someone who perceives attraction towards those who have a different sex from their own, homosexual who instead experiences it towards people of the same sex they belong to and, finally, bisexual who is not exclusively / predominantly attracted to one sex. Gay and lesbian are therefore the terms that indicate respectively a homosexual man and woman. Sexual orientation can vary in different ways and degrees over the course of one's life.