"Words Matter, and they shape our perceptions. Words can make the difference between forging trust or creating distance. Our language must continually evolve with our understanding and acceptance of diverse groups of people."
*Please note that each person who uses any of these terms does so in a unique way (especially terms that are used in the context of an identity label). If you do not understand the context in which a person is using one of these terms, it is always appropriate to ask. This is especially recommended when using terms that we have noted that can have a derogatory connotation.