Sexual Orientation is about a person’s sexual identity in relation to the gender, or object, to which they are sexually attracted.
Note: One problem with many of these terms is it assumes that all people have endosex bodies, and are cisgender, and erases intersex and nonconforming, or nonbinary gender experience and existence. However, since the majority of people only know about the gender binary I describe them all below.
Here are the common labels for sexual orientation in Alphabetical Order:
Androgynosexual: when an individual is attracted to males, females, and/or androgynous individuals with both masculine and feminine features
Androsexual: when an individual is attracted to males and/or individuals with masculine features
Asexual: The lack of sexual attraction to anyone.
Autosexual: when individuals are sexually attracted to themselves.
Bisexual: Bisexuality is a romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior toward males and females, or romantic or sexual attraction to people of any sex or gender identity; this latter aspect is sometimes termed Pansexuality. Bisexuality is a person whose enduring physical, romantic and/or emotional attraction is to other people of various sexes and/or gender identities. Individuals may experience this attraction in differing ways and degrees over their lifetime.
Ceterosexual: Someone who experiences sexual attraction only to nonbinary people.
Demisexual: Is a sexual orientation in which someone feels sexual attraction only to people with whom they have an emotional bond.
Gay: Is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual.
Gay Pride Flag also known as the “LGBT” Pride Flag with many
Note: “Bear” is a body type one can be attracted to or have (masculine, muscular and more body hair).
Note: “Twink” is a body type that one can be attracted to or have (feminine and small build).
The two symbols for the male gender united
Gynesexual or Gynosexual: when an individual is attracted to females and/or individuals with feminine features
Heterosexual: A person who is sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex. Also referred to as “straight”.
Three Heterosexual Pride Flags
The two symbol for female and male united
Homosexual: A person who is sexually attracted to people one’s own sex.
Intersexual: A sexual orientation used to describe a person sexually attracted to a person born intersex. (I use this way to describe sexual orientation for the first time June, 5th 2016; to the best of my knowledge I am the first to do this.). You can read this blog here: Is my husband gay, now that I appear a man? I will use “Intersexual” as a Sexual Orientation.
Here is one way to add the gender symbols to show two intersexual
Lesbian: A lesbian is a female homosexual: a female who experiences romantic love or sexual attraction to other females.
Two Lesbian Flags
(First: Lipstick Lesbian and Second: Butch Lesbian)
A “Butch” describs a lesbian woman who has a gender expression that is highly “masculine”. “Lip Stick Lesbian” describes a lesbian woman who has a gender expression that appears highly “feminine”. Next, there are also “Gold Star Lesbians”, whom have only kissed a man, but have not had sex with a man. There are also, Platinum Star Lesbians, whom have never done anything sexual with a man. Last, there are Power Lesbians, who are wealthy, have lots of possessions and have powerful connections.
The two gender symbols for two females united
Objectum Sexuals or Objectophiles: People who experience emotional, romantic, affectionate and/or sexual relationships with objects. Some consider this a fetish, and some, due to the complexity of their relationships with object do not feel this is a fetish at all. They feel it is a sexual orientation instead. Some feel that objectum-sexuality is often mislabelled as a sexual fetish or paraphilia. However, it does not fit into either categories, as the feelings experienced by objectophiles are not only sexual, they can be emotional and romantic as well.
Pansexual: Is sexual attraction, romantic love, or emotional attraction toward people of any sex or gender identity.
Polymory: the philosophy or state of being in love or romantically involved with more than one person at the same time.
Pomosexual: when an individual does not feel their sexual preference can and/or should be identified by pre-existing labels
Polysexual: when an individual is attracted to some, but not all gender expressions. Polysexuality is the attraction to multiple genders or sexes. A polysexual person is one “encompassing or characterized by many different kinds of sexuality.”
Sapiosexual: One who finds intelligence the most sexually attractive feature.
Skoliosexual: when an individual is not attracted to cisgender individuals, but the other gender expressions
This is not a comprehensive list of sexual orientations – when it comes to sexuality, people are constantly coming up with news ways to identify themselves.
If you would like me to add something, or if you have a comment, please feel free to e-mail me: Mx. Anunnaki Ray: firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBTQIA+ Definitions with Flags and Human Sexuality
My blogs, and my thoughts, about sexual orientation:
- Is my husband gay, now that I appear a man? I will use “Intersexual” as a Sexual Orientation.
- The different types of Lesbians and Gay Men.
- Are my Husband and I Gay Men Now? How We Became Sexual Minorities, Our Intersex Love Story.