An Ally's Guide to Terminology: Talking About LGBT People & Equality

Allies in the movement for equality want to amplify their voices in support of their LGBT family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors and loved ones.  These supportive voices are a critically important part of each and every victory for equality. However, new allies might not be familiar with the most appropriate terminology and language to use to speak about LGBT people and the issues that affect their lives.  GLAAD and the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) have co-authored An Ally’s Guide to Terminology: Talking About LGBT People & Equality, which offers essential and accurate vocabulary, terms to use, and terms to avoid when speaking about the LGBT community. The guide also offers approaches for talking about several key LGBT issues such as marriage and relationship recognition, non-discrimination laws, open military service, and parenting and adoption.  For more information on any of these issues related to LGBT equality, see the Talking About series available at and