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Norfolk Constabulary releases 'The + in LGBT' document for use in public


A guide listing 37 different gender terms and sexual identities has been issued to police officers and staff to help them when dealing with members of the public.

Norfolk Constabulary’s document, ‘The + in LGBT’, explains current terminology alongside a picture of a ‘gender bread person’ – a play on gingerbread man.

Some of the terms relating to sexuality, such as ‘questioning’ or ‘asexual’, are self evident, but others will be new to most, such as gynosexual (someone who is attracted to feminine gender presentation) and grey asexual (a person who ‘experiences attraction rarely’).

Another lesser-known term is ‘varioriented’, which is described as ‘when your sexual and romantic orientations do not target the same set of genders’.

Similarly, a range of gender terms is also listed.

It includes words used in everyday language, such as binary, but also less common terms such as ‘neutrois’, which is when someone ‘identifies as agender, neither male nor female, and/or genderless’, and ‘maverique’, which is used to explain a ‘non-binary gender that exists outside of the orthodox social bounds of gender’.

Force staff who are confused by any of the definitions are directed to the ‘gender bread person’ diagram, which includes a series of sliding scales that relate to gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression and biological sex.

Norfolk Police have not said whether it had produced the guide itself or had obtained it from another organisation.

Norfolk Police said: ‘All officers and staff are required to undertake training around diversity and inclusivity, and additionally information will be circulated or published on the Constabulary’s intranet pages.’