LGBTQIA+ Community: Understanding Sexual Orientation

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The LGBTQIA+ community includes many different sexual orientations, but how much do you know about them?

Sexual identity isn’t restricted to just sexual attraction, but it also affects emotional and romantic attraction. A person could experience romantic attraction but not sexual for example. 

It also affects what genders we are attracted to, if we are only attracted to one, or multiple genders. To learn more about gender identity visit here. 

Sexuality is about the way we identify our sexual and romantic preferences, it can be fluid and change, or be static. It’s the way we label ourselves. 

While not all people chose to label themselves, and instead using umbrella terms such as queer, choosing a sexual identity label can be an important decision for people to make.  

According to the Guardian the number of people who identify as LGB (Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual) has increased by more than a third in four years. This will surely rise over the years, as communities become more accepting of the LGBTQIA+ community. It’s important to know and understand sexuality and sexual orientation.

Do you know these sexual orientations? 

Allosexual: Someone who experiences sexual attraction.

Aromatic: The person doesn’t experience romantic attraction to other people no matter the sex gender.

Asexual: The person doesn’t experience sexual attraction to other people no matter the sex or gender.

Bisexual: People who experience sexual and romantic attractions to two genders. 

Demisexual: People who experience sexual attraction only under specific circumstances.

Demiromantic: People who experience romantic attraction only under specific circumstances.

Gay: This word is used to identify those who experience sexual or romantic attraction to people of the same/similar gender. Usually used by men.

Lesbian: This word is typically used by women who experience sexual or romantic attraction to people of the same/similar gender.

Monosexual: People who are attracted to only one gender.

Pansexual: People who can experience sexual and romantic attraction to anyone, no matter the peoples gender or sex. 

Polysexual: Someone who is attracted to more than two genders, but not all genders.

Queer: Originally used as an insult, it has since been considered to be ‘reclaimed’. Queer is now used as an umbrella term, and can mean someone is on the sexuality spectrum but do not fit in with a label.

Sapiosexual: People who experience attraction based on sex or gender.
Skoliosexual: People who are sexually attracted to people with non-cisgender gender identities.

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