In the 21st century, it has become increasingly important to have a basic idea of the types of sexualities that exist in the modern world. This importance stems from a need for recognition for the people that belong to said sexualities, which is significant for all humans to be able to embrace their individuality and not shy away from it. This was all due to one reason, and that was the lack of understanding on an adequate level and human beings naturally fear that which they do not understand. Having said this, here is the information regarding all the sexualities in the world known thus far.
What is a sexual orientation?
Sexual orientation is commonly confused for gender identity, which is not the case. Sexual orientation is the quality of a person that decides the sex or gender of the person they are attracted towards. For example, the sexual orientation of a straight man is heterosexual since he is attracted to the opposite sex, which is women. Contradictory or popular belief, there are not just two sexual orientations, them being homosexual and heterosexual, rather there are quite a lot which will be mentioned ahead.
The term “gay” implies attraction towards individuals of the same gender. This term is used for both men and women. Gay is quite a well known sexual, but people can confuse it for many things that will be explained in this text.
A term which is often confused with “gay” is androsexual, which means attraction towards masculinity. This is different from being straight or gay since it can be either a man or a woman that is attracted to another man or woman with masculine features
The opposite of androsexulaity is gynesexuality, which is the same as androsexuality, except it is towards feminine traits rather than masculine ones.
An acronym that is commonly used, LGBTQ (which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender queer) encompasses some of the commonly known sexual orientations.
The term “queer” as the name suggests is not easily understood; however, it generally means not explicitly heterosexual. The words lesbian, gay and bisexual do not fully explain being queer. Queer people often identify as queer along with another sexual orientation (for example, queer + gay).
The term “homosexual” also means gay; however, this is considered offensive by some people, so it is not used. There are quite a lot of similar terms that imply the word “gay’ but offensively.
Gay women are also known as “lesbians,” meaning a woman that is attracted to other women, but gay men are not called lesbians. This is a specific term for gay women, but there is no specific term for gay men. They are just known as “gay men.”
The term bisexual refers to the people that are physically attracted towards both same-sex and opposite-sex individuals. Bisexuals are neither termed straight or gay; rather they are encompassed by the term “bi” which is short for bisexual.
People who are intrinsically bisexual but are still figuring this out are known as bicurious. Bisexual people are often confused before they identify themselves as bisexual due to the attraction to both men and women, leading them to either believe they are straight or gay which may or may not be the case in reality.
Often considered the sexual orientation that is most easily explained, asexual people do not feel any sexual attraction at all. They are partially void of the experience of physical, romantic or sexual attraction towards any other individual.
Some Asexual individuals identify as aromantic, which means they do not experience romantic attraction towards anyone. These people do not see the need to seek relationships. Asexuality should not be confused with celibacy as asexual people do see connections with people and do not completely disregard human connections.
An important term is “demiromantic,” which applies to people who do not experience romantic attraction towards anyone else until a solid emotional or sexual connection is established with a partner.
People who are asexual but do experience some sexual attraction are called “demisexual.” These people negate the fact that asexuals are in fact, not the same as celibates. Demisexuality is commonly found in romantic relationships but is not exclusive to them by any means.
14. Not out
People who belong to the LGBTQ community but do not express this openly are called closeted or not out. There can be many reasons for being closeted; for instance, the fear of rejection, the fear of being harassed, the fear of losing your job or even the fear of violence.
15. Coming out
On the other hand, people who belong to the LGBTQ community and plan to express this openly are called “coming out.” Coming out is a hard task for people of different sexual orientations as they do not even know if those that are the closest to them would accept them for who they are or not.
The people who express this openly are called “out.” Being in the out category is complicated; however, since it has one of two outcomes, either it is liberation or disdain so it can be tricky to decide whether to come out or not.
Polyamorous people are identified as people who maintain several relationships rather than just one. Their partners are aware of this and may or may not be polyamorous themselves, meaning polyamorous people can have relationships with monogamous people.
Skoliosexuality people are individuals who are attracted to non-binary individuals, as in transgender people. Skoliosexual people need not be transgender themselves.
This text covers the spectrum of sexual orientations that are known thus far. It is important to have a basic concept of these sexual orientations since it defines the identity of many people who are, at times, not justly acknowledged. It is often very difficult for people of different sexual orientations to survive in a world which isn’t likely to accept their true nature. Therefore, it is only fair to learn what their nature is and have a degree of acceptance for it because #loveislove.