Sexual orientation, a term describing someone’s sexual and/or romantic desires toward other people, is a popular topic. After all, who doesn’t want to talk about love?
Here’s a quick guide to help you understand, think about, and talk about it:
- Asexual – Someone who feels little or no sexual attraction to other people.
- Bisexual – Someone who is attracted to both people of their own gender and the opposite gender. (ex: a man attracted to men and to women)
- Gay – Someone who is attracted to other people of their same sex. Can refer to men attracted to men, women attracted to women, etc. (sometimes referred to as “homosexual,” though many people find that term offensive)
- Heterosexual – Someone who is attracted to members of the opposite sex. (ex: men attracted to women, women attracted to men)
- Lesbian – A woman who is mainly attracted to other women.
- Pansexual – Someone who experiences attraction to members of all genders and gender expressions.
- Queer – A term used to describe the LGBT community. It is commonly used by members of the community but can be seen as an insult if used in a bullying tone.
- Questioning –Someone in the process of defining or discovering their gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
For more on sexual and gender identities, check out this article.