List of LGBT slang terms
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This is a list of slang terms used by people to describe LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people. Many terms are slurs against LGBT people. Some terms originate from the LGBT community itself.
- Bean flicker, "Likening the clitoris to a bean"
- Butch, butch-broad
- Carpet muncher (or "rug muncher")
- Dyke ("bull dyke", "bull dagger", alternatively "bulldagger", "bulldicker"), from 1920s black American slang
- Gillette Blade, a 1950s era term for bisexual women, whose sexuality "cuts both ways"
- Kiki, a term used primarily from the 1940s until the 1960s to indicate a lesbian who was not butch or femme and did not have a preference for either butch or femme partners
- Kitty puncher or pussy puncher, with both "kitty" and "pussy" referring to a woman's vagina, and "puncher" as a variation on various derogatory terms for gay men, such "donut puncher".
- Lezzie/Lesbo/Leso/Les/Leb (also "lezzer" or "lesser") (abbreviation for "lesbian")
- Lipstick lesbian, a lesbian who exhibits a greater amount of feminine gender attributes, such as wearing make-up, dresses, skirts, etc.
- Muff diver
- The Game of Flats (an 18th century English term for sex between women)
For gay men
- Anal assassin (United Kingdom) or "anal astronaut"
- Arse bandit or Ass bandit
- Backgammon player (late 18th century Britain)
- Bear, a gay man who is large, hairy, and rugged.
- Bent, bentshot or bender
- Bone smuggler
- Brownie king or brown piper
- Bufter, bufty (mainly Scottish) or booty buffer
- Bugger (from Buggery)
- Bum boy or bum chum, also bum robber
- Bumhole engineer
- Butt pirate, butt boy, butt rider, butt pilot, or butt rustler
- Chi chi man (Jamaica and the Caribbean)
- Cockstruction worker (referring to a gay man who is a construction worker)
- Cockpipe cosmonaut
- Crafty butcher 
- Daffodil or "daffy", a derogatory term
- Donut puncher/muncher
- Faggot, Fag
- Fairy (common and acceptable for part of the 20th century)
- Finocchio (from Italy, meaning fennel)
- Friend of Dorothy
- Fruit (also fruit loop, fruit packer, butt fruit)
- Fudge packer
- Gaysian, referring to a gay Asian
- Gym Bunny, often referring to a gay man who obsessively works out at the gym.
- Homo
- Light in the loafers, Light in the pants, or Light in the fedora
- Limp wristed
- Meat Masseuse
- Muscle Mary (see Gym Bunny)
- Payaso
- Peterpuffer
- Bean queen (also taco queen or Salsa queen), gay man attracted to Hispanic men
- Brownie queen, obsolete slang for gay man interested in anal sex (used by men who disliked anal sex)
- Chicken queen, older gay man interested in younger or younger appearing men
- Grey queen, a gay person who works for the financial services industry (this term originates from the fact that in the 1950s, people who worked in this profession often wore grey flannel suits).
- Potato queen, gay Asian man attracted mainly to white men.
- Rice queen, gay man attracted mainly to East Asian men.
- Queer, umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities who are not heterosexual or are not cisgender, sometimes considered a slur
- Ring raider
- Sissy
- Sod (from Sodomy)
- Twink, a young or young-looking gay man, with little body hair and a slender build
- Woolly, woofter and woolie woofter, a character from an Evening Standard cartoon and rhyming slang for poofter
For bisexuals or pansexuals
- Switch hitter, from the baseball term
- Bicon: portmanteau of the words bisexual and icon. Used to refer to a bisexual celebrity
- Unicorn/Hot Bi Babe (HBB): a bisexual person who desires multiple partners and is willing to join an existing married couple (known as a "Dyad", versus a "Triad" when there are three people), the presumption being the "unicorn" will date and become sexually involved with both members of the couple. "Unicorns" are so named because people willing to agree to such arrangements are rare, whereas couples looking for a lovers who will agree to these terms are common. "Dyads" actively seeking unicorns are called "unicorn hunters".
For androgynous or intersex people
- Futanari (ふたなり, "to be of two kinds", seldom: 二形, 双形, lit. "dual form") is the Japanese word for hermaphroditism, which is also used in a broader sense for androgyny.:79, 81
- Hermie, an androgynous or intersex person.
For transgender and nonbinary people
- Cuntboy / Dickgirl, a female-to-male (FtM) and male-to-female (MtF) transgender/transsexual person, respectively, who has not had genital surgery.
- Egg, a transgender person who has not yet realized they are trans.
- Enby, from the acronym NB ("nonbinary").
- Lady Boy ("ladyboy" or "lady-boy"), English translation of kathoey, similar or equivalent to transgender woman.
- Shemale, a trans woman with male genitalia and possibly female secondary sex characteristics. Primarily a term used in pornography and often considered derogatory.
- T-girl, short for transgender / transsexual girl, considered derogatory by some.
- Tranny, slur used for transgender people.
- Transbian (non-derogatory), (portmanteau of "trans" and "lesbian"), a transgender lesbian.
- Molly and Tommy, In 18th century England, the term "molly" was used for male homosexuals, implying effeminacy; "tommy", a slang term for a homosexual woman in use by 1781, and may have been coined by analogy. See Molly house.
- Skoliosexual, to describe attraction to non-binary people.
- Cissy, A cisgender person.
- Cishet, Someone who is cisgender and heterosexual, or cisgender and heteroromantic.
- Chaser / Fetishist, a cisgender person who has a sexual fetish for transgender people, usually transgender women.
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flower n. #A homosexual who takes the female role in a gay relationship. Source: [1950's]
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