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so.. what exactly is a "sexuality"?

So, you may have heard of the term “LGBT+” before. But what does it mean? LGBT+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender.

what are they and what do they mean?

Here’s a list to help you find out

s e x u a l i t i e s

Heterosexual – A person who is only attracted to people of the opposite gender

Homosexual – A person who is only attracted to people of the same gender

Bisexual – A person who is attracted to both men and women

Pansexual – A person who is attracted to people regardless of gender, eg. male, female, transgender, genderfluid etc.

Asexual – A person who is not sexually attracted to someone (asexual people have a thing called a “squish” which is like a crush but they don’t want to be in a romantic relationship, rather a platonic one)

Gray asexual -A person who experiences attraction rarely, on a very low scale or under certain circumstances

Demisexual – A person who only feels sexual attraction to people that they have a strong bond with

g e n d e r s

Cisgender – A person who is the same gender that they were born with

Transgender -A person who has changed from the gender they were assigned with at birth to the one they feel more comfortable with (eg. born as a male but feel more like a female)

Transsexual – A transgender person who has had surgery to alter their body parts

Nonbinary – A person who does not have a gender, neither male nor female. these people use they/them pronouns

Genderfluid – A person who is not constantly the same gender, eg. on one day of the week they feel feminine, but on another day they are feeling masculine

o t h e r

Cishet – Nickname for a heterosexual cisgender

Ally – A person who is not LGBT+ but supports the community

Split Attraction Model (or SAM).
This model separates different kinds of attraction (e.g. sexual, romantic, aesthetic, sensual) so that one can label each kind of attraction separately (e.g. hetero, homo, pan, etc.). This model is particularly popular with those on the asexual spectrum, because many of us still find the idea of relationships appealing regardless of our lack of sexual attraction. //taken from @sheri//

( just to name a few. there are many more, if you want me to add to the list just comment below!)

17 comments

sheri

While we're talking sexuality, I thought I'd chime in with some info on the Split Attraction Model (or SAM).
This model separates different kinds of attraction (e.g. sexual, romantic, aesthetic, sensual) so that one can label each kind of attraction separately (e.g. hetero, homo, pan, etc.). For example, I use this model to identify myself as a pan-romantic asexual. I have romantic attractions to all genders but sexual attraction to none. This model is particularly popular with those on the asexual spectrum, because many of us still find the idea of relationships appealing regardless of our lack of sexual attraction.
Anyways that was my two cents. Great to see you up and posting. Keep it up.

5th May, 18
spacesoda

Actually, I'm a pan-romantic asexual as well, but I find it easier to use pansexual as an umbrella term.
Thanks! I'll add that to the post!

6th May, 18
bookwithbane

What are your views on pedosexuality? Tbh I think it's a crackpot, but what are your views?

17th May, 18
spacesoda

okay rant time
"PEDOSEXUALITY" IS NOT PART OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY AND IT NEVER WILL BE!
we do not associate with those people and they should hang their heads in shame. it is not 'cool' to make pedophilia into a sexuality because you think its trendy to be part of LGBT+ community.

17th May, 18
bookwithbane

In reply to spacesoda

Yeah I agree. You might need get rid of the photo, since it has a swear word in it

17th May, 18
spacesoda

In reply to bookwithbane

oops

17th May, 18
bookwithbane

In reply to spacesoda

God bless you child. Have some more raisins

17th May, 18
spacesoda

In reply to bookwithbane

thank you
//eats raisins//

17th May, 18
elliothansen

In reply to spacesoda

Oh my God! I get so angry when people 'mock' the LGBT+ community in ways like adding paedophilia as a sexuality as if they don't take LGBT+ people seriously. Sorry about the rant, I feel strongly about this sort of stuff.

3w ago
spacesoda

In reply to elliothansen

Agreed! Although unfortunately, they aren’t always mocking the community and people truly believe that it’s a real sexuality. “Pedosexuality” has never been and never will be valid, and in no way part of the lgbtq+ community!
P.S I LOVE DEAR EVAN HANSEN!!!

3w ago
elliothansen

In reply to spacesoda

Really, I can't believe some people actually identify as "Pedosexual", it just doesn't seem right. In no way should it be part of the lgbtq+ community, I can't believe that that's actually a thing!
P.S as you can tell, I love Dear Evan Hansen, do you like any other musicals?
P.P.S as you can also probably tell, my name is Elliot, otherwise my username wouldn't make much sense

3w ago
spacesoda

In reply to elliothansen

Yes! Agreed!
P.S I'm mainly into Dear Evan Hansen, because it's the first musical I got into, and the only one that I know all the lyrics to. I also love Be More Chill, a bit of Heathers and maybe Hamilton.

2w ago
elliothansen

In reply to spacesoda

Hi, I don't have much more to say about Pedosexuality and how wrong it is, so I'm just going to say stuff about musicals now. I absolutely love DEH, I recently started listening to Be More Chill and Hamilton though. I also started listening to The Addams Family because I got into the ancestor's ensemble for that at my school.

2w ago
spacesoda

In reply to elliothansen

Lmao same,, perhaps we could start a blog to appreciate some musicals?

2w ago
elliothansen

In reply to spacesoda

That'd be amazing!!!!

2w ago
spacesoda

In reply to elliothansen

I'll make one now! :)

2w ago
elliothansen

In reply to spacesoda

Cool!

2w ago