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.
For the Gender Identities companion piece to this article, click here.
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.
Someone who does not experience sexual attraction. They may experience romantic and/or aesthetic attraction, but not sexual attraction.
Someone who is attracted to more than one gender.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.