It is important to remember that language around LGBTI issues is constantly changing and evolving. Particularly as many terms are related to people’s personal identities, the terms may be used by different people to mean different things. This LGBTI Glossary leaflet is a non-exhaustive list of some LGBTI terms, you can find a more extensive list below. If there’s a word you’d like to see defined, please contact us.
The term is still used in its broad ideological, inclusive sense but is increasingly used to refer to people of African and Caribbean origin.
The term “black” is acknowledged as a positive all-inclusive term for people who are not “white”.
People belonging to a racial group having brown to black skin, especially one of African origin.
People belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin.
People having dark-coloured skin, especially of African or Australian Aboriginal ancestry.
Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) populations are distinct groups with their own identity recognised by themselves and by others. The definition of an ethnic group is still disputed and has changed from referring to people of African, African-Caribbean, Bangladeshi, Indian, East African, Asian, Pakistani, Chinese, Vietnamese and South Asian descent to include the white populations form Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Middle East and Ireland. Everyone belongs to an ethnic group. Defining ethnicity is complex and ethnic groups have been defined on the basis of skin colour, self-defined identity, country of birth and name analysis.
An immigrant or racial group regarded by those claiming to speak for the cultural majority as distinct and unassimilated.
A group that has different national or cultural traditions from the majority of the population.
A group within a community which has different national or cultural traditions from the main population.
Any minority group who have a shared race, nationality or language and culture.
People who are in the minority within a defined population on the grounds of ‘race’, colour, culture, language or nationality.