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Madeline’s Madeline, the third feature from American filmmaker Josephine Decker is anchored by a star-making performance from newcomer Helena Howard. She plays Madeline, a talented but mentally ill New York teenager. Studying in a prestigious acting class, she is encouraged by its ambitious, spacey director Evangeline (Molly Parker) to weave her rich interior world and troubled … More

Technology to the endangered language rescue?

Looking at what’s working to help endangered and threatened languages, we address technology: what kind of technologies are being used, which can empower people to take action, and which are having an impact on the numbers of speakers.

  • Asexual (or ace) – someone who does not experience sexual attraction.
  • Bi / bisexual – a romantic or sexual orientation towards more than one gender.
  • Cisgender or Cis – someone whose gender identity is the same as the sex they were assigned at birth.
  • Gay – refers to a man who has a romantic or sexual orientation towards men. Some women also define themselves as gay rather than lesbian.
  • Gender identity – a person’s innate sense of their own gender, whether male, female or something else (see non-binary below), which may or may not correspond to the sex assigned to them at birth.
  • Gender reassignment – to undergo gender reassignment usually means to undergo some sort of medical intervention, but it can also mean changing names, pronouns, dressing differently and living in your self-identified gender.
  • Heterosexual / straight – a romantic and/or sexual orientation towards people of the opposite gender.
  • Intersex – a term used to describe a person who may have the biological attributes of both sexes or whose biological attributes do not fit with societal assumptions about what constitutes male or female.
  • Lesbian – refers to a woman who has a romantic or sexual orientation towards women.
  • Non-binary – an umbrella term for a person who does not identify as only male or only female, or who may identify as both.
  • Pronoun – words we use to refer to people’s gender in conversation – for example, ‘he’ or ‘she’. Some people may prefer others to refer to them in gender neutral language and use pronouns such as they / their. If you’re not sure what pronoun someone prefers, just ask them.
  • Queer – in the past a derogatory term for LGBT individuals. The term has now been reclaimed by some LGBT people in particular who don’t identify with traditional categories around gender identity and sexual orientation but is still viewed to be derogatory by some. Queer is often used in a film and arts context or to refer to a more intersectional approach.
  • Trans – an umbrella term to describe people whose gender is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth. Trans people may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including Transgender, Transsexual, Genderqueer, Genderfluid, Non-binary, Agender, or Two-spirit.
  • Transgender man – a term used to describe someone who is assigned female at birth but identifies and lives as a man. This may be shortened to trans man or FTM (female-to-male).
  • Transgender woman – a term used to describe someone who is assigned male at birth but identifies and lives as a woman. This may be shortened to trans woman or MTF (male-to-female).
  • Transsexual – this was used in the past as a more medical term to refer to someone who transitioned to live in the ‘opposite’ gender to the one assigned at birth. This term is still used by some although most people prefer the term trans or transgender.

For further glossary terms, visit Stonewall’s website.