III. Sexual Orientation

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:


Abrosexual is the identity of people whose sexuality is fluid. This means that their sexual identity can change. Different people will identify with different sexualities within this, so one person may be fluid between lesbian homosexual, and pansexual; whereas another may be asexual, pansexual and bisexual.

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.

Asexual Flag


The Ace Flag
An ACE Flag

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.


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Ceterosexual: Someone who experiences sexual attraction only to nonbinary people.

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Demisexual: Is a sexual orientation in which someone feels sexual attraction only to people with whom they have an emotional bond.

Demisexual Flag

Gay: Is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual.


Gay Pride Flag also is known as the “LGBT” Pride Flag

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The New Pride Flag | Centering Transgender PoC, Founders of the LGBTQIA+ Pride Movement


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Bear Brotherhood Gay Pride

Note: “Bear” is a body type one can be attracted to or have (masculine, muscular and more body hair).

Tink Pride Gay Flag

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.

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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” describes 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 

Noetisexual: People who have mental attraction rather than a purely “intellectual” one.  It is being sexually attracted to the unique way people can think.  It is being attracted to the ways a person’s mind can work.  Some people use this term instead of Sapiosexual because it is less offensive.

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.

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Polymory: the philosophy or state of being in love or romantically involved with more than one person at the same time.

Polymory Pride Flag

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.”

Polysexual Pride Flag

Sapiosexual: One who finds intelligence the most sexually attractive feature.

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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: anunnakiray@outlook.com

LGBTQIA+ Definitions with Flags and Human Sexuality

Ten Categories:

I. Biological Sexs and Sex Traits/Characteristics

II. Gender Identity

III. Sexual Orientation

IV. Romantic and Affectional Orientation

V. Gender Expression Words

VI. Different Types of Attraction

VII. Labels Considered Offensive

VIII. Kink and Fetish Culture

IX. Other Words Used

X. All the Gender Symbols

My blogs, and my thoughts,  about sexual orientation:

  1. Is my husband gay, now that I appear a man? I will use “Intersexual” as a Sexual Orientation.
  2. The different types of Lesbians and Gay Men.
  3. Are my Husband and I Gay Men Now? How We Became Sexual Minorities, Our Intersex Love Story.

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