Terminology

  • Allosexual - Someone who experiences sexual attraction; not on the asexual spectrum
  • Alloromantic - Someone who experiences romantic attraction; not on the aromantic spectrum
  • Asexual - A person who does not experience sexual attraction. Despite not experiencing sexual attraction, asecuals or "aces" as they are also called, can experience romantic and other forms of attraction.
  • Bisexual - A person who is sexually attracted to two or more genders
  • Biromantic - A person who is romantically attracted to two or more genders
  • Demisexual - Sexual attraction only after bonding emotionally. Not the same thing as only wanting to have sex with a person after bonding emotionally.
  • Gray-asexual - Rarely experiences sexual attraction, or only experiences it under certain circumstances; sometimes abbreviated as "gray ace".
  • Heterosexual - A person who is sexually attracted to the gender considered to be their binary opposite.
  • Homosexual - A person who is sexually attracted to a person of the same gender. (Gay is specific to men/male identified persons, while lesbian is specific to woman identified persons.)
  • Pansexual - A person for whom their sexual attraction is not defined by gender.
  • Romantic orientation - A person's identity in relation to the romantic attraction, or lack thereof, to a specific gender(s). This can be defined and separated from sexual orientation by exchanging "sexual" with "romantic", such as in biromantic/bisexual. Most often, a person's sexual and romantic orientation match, but this is not necessarily always the case.
  • Sexual orientation - A person's identity in relation to the sexual attraction, or lack thereof, to a specific gender(s).