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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

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 Pride Flag | Rainbow & Co

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 Flag | Aroace Definition | Rainbow & Co

Aroace

Aroace is short for Aromantic Asexual, which means someone who experiences little or no romantic and sexual attraction.

 

Aroflux Flag | Aroflux Definition | Rainbow & Co

 Aroflux

A person whose romantic orientation fluctuates but generally stays on the aromantic spectrum. They may feel strongly aromantic one day, and less so on another day.

 

Aromantic Definition | Aromantic Pride Flag

Aromantic

Aromantic refers to 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.

 

Demiromantic Flag | Rainbow & Co

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

 

Finsexual Flag | Rainbow & Co

Finsexual

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 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.

 

Gay Male Flag | Rainbow & Co

 Gay Male / Vincian

A term used to describe gay men or men-aligned people. Often used as the masculine equivalent of lesbian.

 

Greysexual Flag | Rainbow & Co

Greysexual

People who experience limited sexual attraction. They experience sexual attraction very rarely, or with very low intensity. Also known as gray-ace.

 

Gynephilic Flag | Rainbow & Co

Gynephilic / Gynesexual

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

 

Lesbian Flag | Sexuality Definitions

Lesbian

Most often refers to women who are solely attracted to other women however some non binary people can also identify as lesbian.

Lithosexual Flag | Sexuality Definitions

Lithosexual

A person who may experience sexual attraction but does not want it reciprocated. Also known as Akoisexual.

 

Lithromantic Flag | Sexuality Definitions

Lithromantic

A person who may experience romantic attraction but does not want it reciprocated. Also known as Akoiromantic.

 

Minsexual Flag | Sexuality Definitions

Minsexual

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 Flag | Sexuality Definitions

Multisexual

An umbrella term for any form of attraction to more than one gender. Also known as Plurisexuality.

 

Neptunic Flag | Sexuality Definitions

Neptunic

The attraction to women, feminine non-binary people, and neutral non-binary people. Can also be described as attraction to all except men and/or masculine-aligned non-binary people.

 

Ninsexual Flag | Sexuality Definitions

Ninsexual

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 Flag | Sexuality Definitions

Omnisexual

A person who is attracted to all genders or any gender, while still having a preference.

 

Pansexual Definition | Pansexual Pride Flag

Pansexual

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.


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.

 

Sapphic Definition | Sapphic Pride Flag

Sapphic

A woman or woman-aligned person who is attracted to other women or woman-aligned people. Also known as woman loving woman (WLW).

 

Saturnic Definition | Saturnic Pride Flag

Saturnic

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 Definition | Uranic Pride Flag

Uranic

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.

 

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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. 

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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.

32 comments

  • this really helped me to find out who i truly am! ty

    kaden
  • what am i? I like women and feminine non-binary people. I am attracted to men as well but I don’t want to be in a relationship with one. I feel a stronger attraction to women. (I’m female)

    Roisaaa
  • My mom sent this to me so we could figure out what flag i was, i’m Bi but i like Girls morw

    Kairi
  • 𝕋𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕙𝕖𝕝𝕡𝕖𝕕 𝕤𝕠𝕠𝕠 𝕞𝕦𝕔𝕙 𝕥𝕙𝕩!

    Naima
  • Where I live, almost everybody here is homophobic. This makes me sad. This helped me learn a lot of the LGBTQIA+ names and meanings. I think I’m going to go to the local playground and bring my LGBTQ flag with me. This could be a bad Idea, but I’m doing this for everyone in the LGBTQIA+ community, and I am Bisexual and Non-binary. I hope that I can change people’s opinion about LGBTQIA+. Wish me luck! Also, I support you, Oliver :) Bye!

    Aero

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