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An Ever Growing List of Sexualities & their Definitions

List of Sexualities and 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.

For the Gender Identities companion piece to this article, click here.

  Abrosexual Definition | Abrosexual Pride Flag

Abrosexual

Someone whose sexuality is fluid or changeable.

 

Androsexual

Someone who is primarily attracted to masculinity, be this sexually, romantically, or aesthetically.

 

Aromantic Definition | Aromantic Pride Flag

Aromantic

Someone who does not experience romantic attraction. They may experience sexual and/or aesthetic attraction, but not romantic attraction.

 

Asexual Definition | Asexual Pride Flag

Asexual

Someone who does not experience sexual attraction. They may experience romantic and/or aesthetic attraction, but not sexual attraction.

 

Bisexual Definition | Bisexual Pride Flag

Bisexual

Someone who is attracted to more than one gender.

 

Demisexual Definition | Demisexual Pride Flag

Demisexual

Someone who only experiences sexual attraction to someone once they have created a romantic or platonic relationship with them.

Similarly, Demiromantic refers to someone who does not experience romantic attraction until they have formed a strong connection with a partner.

 

Gay Definition | Gay Pride Rainbow Flag

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.

 

Gynesexual

Someone who is primarily romantically, sexually, or aesthetically attracted to femininity.

 

Lesbian Definition | Lesbian Pride Flag

Lesbian

Someone who identifies as a woman who is attracted to other women.


Pansexual Definition | Pansexual Pride Flag

Pansexual

Someone who is attracted to all genders.


Polyamorous Definition | Polyamory Pride Flag

Polyamorous

Someone who is, or desires to be in, a consensual relationship with multiple partners. Polyamory is the opposite of monogamy.


Polysexual Definition | Polysexual Pride Flag

Polysexual

Someone who is attracted to multiple genders, but not all genders.

 

Queer Definition | Queer Pride Flag

Queer

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.

 

Skoliosexual

A person who is primarily attracted to people outside of the gender binary such as genderqueer, non binary, or transgender people. 

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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 info@rainbowandco.uk or messaging us via our Facebook page. 

 

Oliver, a trans, queer, and disabled person wearing a green hoodie sitting in their wheelchair.

This article was written by Oliver, a trans, queer, and disabled person who lives in Manchester with his partner and dog.

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