Glossary


This glossary gives an overview over the terms and concepts most relevant for the using this website. The definitions are inspired by international human rights documents (particularly Yogyakarta principles); glossaries conducted by other organizations such as ILGA-Europe; Council of Europe and European Agency for Fundamental Rights and Freedoms; Pobal (Ireland); as well as ours and our partners’ own knowledge and expertise.


 

A

 

Accessibility/inaccessibility

Accessibility refers to things or places, which are open and accessible to all people regardless of disability. Examples of accessibility in a school environment can include the school having equipment in the classrooms for the hearing impaired, toilets that are accessible to students with wheelchairs or web pages that are accessible to blind people through features that allow a written text to be read out loud. Inaccessibility refers to places or things that are not readily accessible to e.g. people with disabilities, for example the lack of a wheelchair ramp into a school or it can be a webpage, which is not accessible for blind persons.

B

 

Bisexual

Bisexual is a man or woman who is romantically, sexually and/or emotionally attracted to people of either sex.

Bullying

Bullying refers to a form of aggressive behavior, which is systematic and is targeted at a single person by another person or a group. Bullying includes physical, verbal and emotional abuse and always includes an intention to harm.

C

 

Coming out

Coming out is the term used by lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and trans people to describe their experience of self discovery, self-acceptance, openness and honesty about their sexual orientation/gender identity and their decision to reveal i.e. to share this with others when and how they choose.