Glossary

2SLGBTQQIA+
gender or sexual identities including Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersexual, asexual, and all other identities; the order in this acronym recognizes that Indigenous Peoples were on this land prior to contact.


ASEXUAL SPECTRUM
an inclusive term for individuals who experience very little or no sexual attraction; a nuanced term best represented by a spectrum.


ACE
Individuals who identify as being on the asexual spectrum.


BDSM
a variety of physical and psychological erotic and/or roleplaying practices, often including bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, and sadomasochism. The acronym is not limited to these practices and does not always include sexual acts.


BIPOC
Black, Indigenous, person of colour.


BISEXUAL
a sexual identity where an individual experiences sexual attraction to multiple genders, including their own.


BONDAGE
an erotic act of restraining a consenting partner within a BDSM dynamic.


CIS-GENDER
person who identifies with the gender of their biological sex.


COLONIZATION
within a Canadian context, the act of Europeans migrating to North America, stealing, taking over and beginning to control Indigenous Peoples and their land. Colonizers impose their cultural values, religions, and laws, and enforce policies that harm Indigenous Peoples, leading to the disproportionate erasure of nations and communities.


CONSTELLATION
a casual term used interchangeably with POLYCULE.


DEMISEXUAL
an individual who only feels sexual attraction once an emotional bond is formed with a person. Can be in addition to any other gender identity, for example a demisexual, bisexual cis-woman.


DOMINANT
an individual who dominates or controls a consenting submissive partner, specifically within the context of BDSM and kink.


EROTOPHOBIA
fear of sex or sexual intimacy.


FOURTH-WAVE FEMINISM
a wave of feminism that sought greater equality by addressing gendered norms and the marginalization of women.


GENDERFLUID
a non-binary gender identity that is not fixed and can change over time, sometimes within a single day and sometimes over longer periods of time.


INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA
within a Canadian context, Indigenous Peoples experience current and generational trauma rooted in the imposed injustices of policies such as the Indian Reservation System and the Indian Residential School system, where children were separated from their families and suffered physical, mental and sexual abuse, and were taught to be ashamed of who they were. Thousands lost their lives at these schools. The Indigenous Peoples also suffer these types of traumas related to the loss of their land, their autonomy, and their identity over time. The effects of these genocidal policies are still felt by Indigenous Peoples today. The instances listed here is not a comprehensive list of all of the traumas and injustices that Indigenous Peoples have endured at the hands of colonizers.


KINK
a broad term referring to sexual preferences or behaviour outside of the mainstream


LGBT2QQIA+
gender or sexual identities including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Two Spirit, queer, questioning, intersexual, asexual, and all other identities.


LITTLE TENDENCIES
the tendency of an individual to have child-like interests; can include baby-talk, affinity for child-like clothing and toys, or a desire to be cared for like a child.


MADAM
female brothel keeper.


MANSPLAINING
the process in which a man explains something to a woman that she already knows but he assumes she does not.


MASOCHISM
experiencing pleasure from pain, specifically within a consenting BDSM context.


METAMOUR
the title of a polyamorous partner’s other partner(s), e.g., my husbands girlfriend is my metamour.


METROSEXUAL
a term from the 90s describing a young, urban, heterosexual male with liberal political views and a high interest in fashion and appearance.


NON-BINARY
a gender identity that does not adhere to the “male” or “female” binary.


NON-CONFORMING
gender expression that does not adhere to typical male or female gender norms.


NON-MONOGAMY
relationship dynamics that are not monogamous.


POLYAMOROUS
a relationship dynamic where each person in the relationship has multiple committed romantic and/or sexual relationships at the same time.


POLYCULE
collectively refers to all of the people who are in a relationship with one or more individuals within a group; see also CONSTELLATION.


PROGRESSIVE SWINGER
swingers who are comfortable with experiencing and acknowledging emotional intimacy with their other sexual partners.


SADISM
experiencing pleasure from seeing others endure pain, specifically within a consenting BDSM context.


SEX-NEGATIVE
an outlook on sexuality where sex is considered inherently dirty, risky, or dangerous.


SEX-POSITIVE
an outlook on sexuality where all consensual acts are considered inherently healthy and pleasurable.


SUBMISSIVE
an individual who consensually submits to a dominant, specifically within a BDSM context.


SWINGER
someone who has recreational sexual relationships with multiple people at the same time.


SWINGING
the act of having recreational sex with multiple people; couples, for example, can be swingers together or separately.


THIRD-WAVE FEMINISM
a wave of feminism that focused on embracing individualism and diversity, redefining what it meant to be a feminist.


TWO SPIRIT
a sexual identity specific to Indigenous Peoples, where a person identifies as neither female nor male, but rather transcend the binary and embody the spirit of multiple genders. Many nations recognize multiple genders beyond male and female. Two Spirit individuals were often regarded as healers, teachers, and leaders.