An Ever Growing List of Sexualities & their Definitions
The language around sexuality and gender is constantly changing, with new definitions evolving, and existing words being reclaimed by new generations.
We've compiled this list of sexualities and their definitions to act as an ever growing resource for the LGBTQ+ community and our allies, to give you the language to express your own sexuality, as well as the language to accurately represent those around you.
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Abrosexual describes someone whose sexuality is fluid or changeable. For example one day they may identify as asexual, the next as lesbian, and the next as pansexual. Abrosexual people can fluctuate between all sexualities, or just a few. The timing between fluctuations can also vary.
Androphilic / Androsexual
Androphilic, or androsexual, describes someone who is primarily attracted to masculinity, be this sexually, romantically, or aesthetically. These terms are particularly useful for people who identify outside of the gender binary as unlike terms like gay or lesbian, they refer only to the presentation of the person someone is attracted to and not the person themselves.
For example, both heterosexual women and homosexual men can be referred to as androphilic or androsexual.
Aroace is short for Aromantic Asexual, which means someone who experiences little or no romantic and sexual attraction.
Aromantic refers to someone who does not experience romantic attraction. They may experience sexual and/or aesthetic attraction, but not romantic attraction.
An asexual person is someone who does not experience sexual attraction. They may experience romantic and/or aesthetic attraction, but not sexual attraction.
Bisexuality refers to sexual attraction to more than one gender and is inclusive of ALL genders, therefore bi folk can be attracted to people from right across the gender spectrum.
Demisexual refers to someone who only experiences sexual attraction to someone once they have created a romantic or platonic relationship with them.
Similarly to Demisexual, Demiromantic refers to someone who does not experience romantic attraction until they have formed a strong connection with a partner.
The exclusive attraction to those who are feminine in nature (FIN). This means finsexual people are attracted to women, feminine aligned and/or feminine presenting non-binary people, and potentially feminine men.
Gay / Homosexual
Someone who is attracted to the same gender as themselves. The rainbow flag is also used to represent the LGBTQIA+ community as a whole.
Gay Male / Vincian
Vincian is a term used to describe gay men or men-aligned people. Often used as the masculine equivalent of lesbian.
Greysexual refers to people who experience limited sexual attraction. They experience sexual attraction very rarely, or with very low intensity. Also known as gray-ace.
Gynephilic / Gynesexual
Someone who is primarily romantically, sexually, or aesthetically attracted to femininity.
Most often refers to women who are solely attracted to other women however some non binary people can also identify as lesbian.
Lithosexual refers to a person who may experience sexual attraction but does not want it reciprocated. Also known as Akoisexual.
A lithromantic person is someone who may experience romantic attraction but does not want it reciprocated. Also known as Akoiromantic.
Minsexual refers to the exclusive attraction to those who are masculine in nature (MIN). This can include men, masculine aligned and/or masculine presenting non-binary people, and potentially masculine women.
Multisexual is an umbrella term for any form of attraction to more than one gender. Also known as Plurisexuality.
Neptunic refers to the attraction to women, feminine non-binary people, and neutral non-binary people. It can also be described as attraction to all except men and/or masculine-aligned non-binary people.
Ninsexual refers to the exclusive attraction to those who are non-binary in nature (NIN). This includes people who are non-binary, neutrois, androgyne, agender, and anyone whose gender or presentation is androgynous.
Omnisexual refers to a person who is attracted to all genders or any gender, while still having a preference.
Someone who is attracted to all genders, the pre-fix 'pan' meaning 'all' in Latin. Many Pansexual people also describe themselves as being attracted to others based on their personality, not gender.
Someone who is, or desires to be in, a consensual relationship with multiple partners. Polyamory is the opposite of monogamy.
Polysexual refers to someone who is attracted to multiple genders, but not all genders.
An umbrella term for someone whose sexuality and/or gender is not heterosexual, cisgender and/or allosexual.
Queer has been used as a term of abuse against the LGBTQ+ community, but is now often used by members of the LGBTQ+ who have reclaimed it.
Sapphic refers to a woman or woman-aligned person who is attracted to other women or woman-aligned people. Also known as woman loving woman (WLW).
The attraction to androgynous-aligned non-binary people. Mostly used by non-binary people to describe their attraction without relying on the gender binary.
Uranic refers to the attraction to men, masculine non-binary people, and neutral non-binary people. Can also be described as attraction to all except women and/or feminine-aligned non-binary people.
As language evolves there are always new ways to describe different identities, if you feel we've missed something out that needs adding to this list of LGBTQ+ terms, be sure to let us know by emailing us on email@example.com or messaging us via our Facebook page.
This article was written by Oliver, a trans, queer, and disabled person who lives in Manchester with his partner and dog.