I believe in having a common ground when it comes to language and terminology. I have provided here a list of words which may come up in my posts and discussions. I provide these definitions as a starting point, but I also realize that language evolves and changes.
Identity: The eight main social categories (race, spirituality, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, nationality) that influence and inform a person’s experience.
Privilege: the systematic unearned benefits for people within a social identity group, supported and enforced by the society and its institutions, solely based on the person’s membership in the social identity group.
Oppression: The systematic mistreatment of people within a social identity group, supported and enforced by the society and its institutions, solely based on the person’s membership in the social identity group.
People of color: Referring to those people who identify as a race other than White.
LGBTQ: An acronym that refers to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer community. This acronym is often expanded to include Pansexual, Two Spirits, Intersex, Questioning, Asexual, Agender, Aromantic, and more.
Ally: A member of a privileged group in solidarity with a marginalized group and actively works to end systemic oppression.
Cultural appropriation: adoption and use of another culture often for entertainment, profit, or the general benefit of the privileged group.
Equity: being fair and impartial; equity does not imply equality.