My Umbrella

MyUmbrella is a volunteer led sub-organisation of Reading Pride; Founded by Christina Dearlove and Kerry Goodman to educate, support, socialise and to signpost for the lesser known LGBT+ genders and sexualities.

Launched at Reading Pride 2015, MyUmbrella has gone from strength to strength. It started with just two Pride committee members, but has since grown to a team of six.

By supporting and partnering with MyUmbrella you also support Reading Pride's core aim to promote equality and diversity, advance education and eliminate discrimination in relation to LGBT+ people.

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Community Partners

Transgender Therapy
Pieces of Ace
Swindon Transgender Support Group
Oxfordshire Transgender Support Group
Asexual Visibility and Education Network
The Flory and Contraceptive Services

Sexual and Gender Identities

Sexual and Gender Identities are very personal and vary from person to person. The information below is simply a general guide to some LGBT community terms. When dealing with these terms it is important to remember that gender identity, romantic and sexuality are independent of each other. Some of these terms can be used in a derogatory way and care must be used when speaking to someone about their gender identity. It is always best practice to ask the person which terms they prefer.

Sexual Orientations

The way a person defines their sexual preferences.

Lesbian
Lesbian: Females who are sexually, romantically or emotionally attracted to other females.
Lesbian
Gay
Gay: Males who are sexually, romantically or emotionally attracted to other males.
Gay
Bisexual
Bisexual: A person who is attracted to both males and females.
Bisexual
Hetrosexual
Hetrosexual: Colloquially referred to as being straight. A person who is heterosexual is one who is attracted to people of the opposite gender.
Hetrosexual
Asexual
Asexual: A person who feels little or no sexual attraction to anyone or any gender identity.
Asexual
Lipstick Lesbian
Lipstick Lesbian: Feminine lesbian who is attracted to other feminine lesbians.
Lipstick Lesbian
Pansexual
Pansexual: A person who is sexually, romantically or emotionally attracted to people of all genders.
Pansexual
Polysexual
Polysexual: A person whose gender identity is non binary & who is sexually, romantically attracted to others regardless of their gender.
Polysexual
Abrosexual
Abrosexual: An individual that has a fluid and/or rapidly changing sexuality that fluctuates between different sexualities.
Abrosexual
Apothisexual
Apothisexual: Someone who is asexual and sex repulsed.
Apothisexual
Autosexual
Autosexual: A person who prefers self gratification over other types of sexual activities.
Autosexual
Cupiosexual
Cupiosexual: Someone who doesn't have sexual attraction but desires a sexual relationship.
Cupiosexual
Demisexual
Demisexual: A person who does not feel sexual attraction until a strong emotional bond has been formed.
Demisexual
Dissociatsexual
Dissociatsexual: A term to describe someone who dissociates on a regular basis during sex and/or sex like activities, often leaving the individual confused with what their sexual attraction is (or lack thereof).
Dissociatsexual
Fraysexual
Fraysexual: A person who has sexual attraction for strangers & acquaintances on a regular basis, but fades once they get to know someone.
Fraysexual
Greysexual
Greysexual: A person who rarely has sexual attraction and/or under very specific circumstances.
Greysexual
Gyneohilia
Gyneohilia: A person that is sexually attracted to women or femininity regardless of their gender identity.
Gyneohilia
Lithsexual
Lithsexual: A person who experiences sexual attraction but does not desire reciprocation for their attraction.
Lithsexual
Placiosexual
Placiosexual: A person wanting to give sexual pleasure to others, but preferably not having it reciprocated.
Placiosexual
Skoliosexual
Skoliosexual: A person who is sexually and/or romantically attracted to non-binary individuals.
Skoliosexual
Vapubsexual
Vapubsexual: Asexuals who are also genitalia repulsed (pronounced vay-pub-sexual) pink is for femininity, blue is for masculinity, red is for passion, white X means lacking.
Vapubsexual

Gender Identities

The way a person expresses there personal feelings about where they fall in the spectrum of genders between male and female.

Transgender
Transgender: A person who's gender identity is different than assigned at birth.
Transgender
Transexual
Transexual: A person who emotionally and psychologically feels that they belong to the gender opposite to their birth assignment.
Transexual
Drag/Feather
Drag/Feather: A person who dresses in clothing opposite their gender. This is usually for personal expression and/or entertainment.
Drag/Feather
Gender Fluid
Gender Fluid: A person whose gender identity fluidly changed between male, female and neutral.
Gender Fluid
Intersex
Intersex: A person who is born with characteristics or genitalia that are neither male or female.
Intersex
Agender
Agender: Agender is a term which can be literally translated as "without gender". It can be seen either as a non-binary gender identity or as a statement of not having a gender identity.
Agender
Androgyny
Androgyny: Is the combination of masculine and feminine characteristics. Sexual ambiguity may be found in fashion, gender identity, sexual identity, or sexual lifestyle.
Androgyny
Bigender
Bigender: A gender identity structure that allows for only male and female gender identities.
Bigender
Demiboy
Demiboy: A demiboy is someone whose gender identity is only partly male, regardless of their assigned gender at birth.
Demiboy
Demigirl
Demigirl: A demigirl is someone whose gender identity is only partly female, regardless of their assigned gender at birth.
Demigirl
Gender Non-Binary
Gender Non-Binary: A gender identity structure that embraces a rainbow of genders instead of just male and female.
Gender Non-Binary
Genderqueer
Genderqueer: An umbrella term for people whose gender identity is different from those assigned at birth.
Genderqueer
Hermaphrodite
Hermaphrodite: A person with both male and female genitals. Hermaphrodite being a term that can be seen as offensive however some people still identify as it.
Hermaphrodite
Neutrois
Neutrois: A person who's does not identify with gender and often feel that they fall neutrally between male and female.
Neutrois
Pangender
Pangender: Pangender is a non-binary gender experience which refers to a wide multiplicity of genders that can (or not) tend to the infinite (meaning that this experience can go beyond the current knowledge of genders).
Pangender
Trigender
Trigender: A person who's gender identity changes between male, female and third gender.
Trigender
Two-Spirit
Two-Spirit: A Native American term for gender queer individuals within their communities.
Two-Spirit

Romantic Orientations

Aromantic
Aromantic: A person who does not experience romantic attraction. This has nothing to do with sexuality.
Aromantic
Biromantic
Biromantic: A person who feels romantic attraction to both male and female identified individuals.
Biromantic
Demiromantic
Demiromantic: A person who only feels romantic attraction after a strong emotional bond has been formed.
Demiromantic
Greyromantic
Greyromantic: Umbrella term for lithromantics and demiromantics.
Greyromantic
Lithromantic
Lithromantic: A person who feels attraction but does not want there feeling returned in any way.
Lithromantic
Panromantic
Panromantic: A person who feels romantic attraction regardless of the other persons gender.
Panromantic
Polyamorous
Polyamorous: A person who accepts, desires or practices the acceptance of having more than one intimate and/or sexual partner at a time.
Polyamorous
Androromantic
Androromantic: A person who is romantically attracted to masculinity.
Androromantic
Gynoromantic
Gynoromantic: A person who's romantically attracted to femininity.
Gynoromantic
Hetroromantic
Hetroromantic: Attracted to the oppostite sex in a romantic way, but not necessarily in a sexual way.
Hetroromantic
Homoromantic
Homoromantic: Attracted to the same sex in a romantic way, but not necessarily in a sexual way.
Homoromantic
Monoromantic
Monoromantic: An individual who is romantically attracted to individuals of only one gender identity.
Monoromantic
Nothoromantic
Nothoromantic: Being sure or nearly sure that you're of an orientation, but having intrusive (sexual, romantic, otherwise) thoughts about other genders or situations you are not attracted to.
Nothoromantic
Polyromantic
Polyromantic: Attracted to many, but not necessarily all sexes in a romantic way, but not necessarily in a sexual way.
Polyromantic

Political & Fetish

Bear Brotherhood
Bear Brotherhood
Leather Pride
Leather Pride
Master/Slave Pride
Master/Slave Pride
Rubber Pride
Rubber Pride
Straight Ally
Straight Ally: A person who identifies as heterosexual and supports the LGBT community and their activities.
Straight Ally

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