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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!)

10 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
charlie

thank you for this post! i really hope that people come to understand the different sexualities so i don't have to constantly explain myself when i say i'm pansexual!

28th Feb, 19
spacesoda

you're very welcome! i have the same problem, whenever i try to tell someone i'm pan they either say "oh you're attracted to pans !! haha baking-sexual" or "oh so ur bi and confused" like,, no

3rd Mar, 19
charlie

In reply to spacesoda

one dude calls me a 'confused lesbian'

4th Mar, 19