A person whose romantic, emotional and/or physical attraction is to people of the same gender. Note that, in English, homosexual may be considered an outdated clinical term that should be avoided, and gay and lesbian may be preferred. The term remains acceptable in many non-English-speaking contexts.
A person whose romantic, emotional and/or physical attraction is to people of a different gender.
Heterosexual (also "straight")
A person who has the capacity for romantic, emotional and/or physical attraction to people of more than one gender. Bisexual+ and Bi+ are sometimes also used as umbrella terms for non-monosexual identities.
A person who has the capacity for romantic, emotional and/or physical attraction to people of any gender.
A person who may experience romantic or emotional attraction, but generally does not experience sexual attraction. Demisexual and greysexual/grey-asexual describe people with varying degrees of sexual attrac-tion. Asexual may be used as an umbrella term encompassing demisexual, greysexual and other terms.
Men whose enduring romantic, emotional and/or physical attraction is to men; also, women who are at-tracted to other women.
A woman whose enduring romantic, emotional and/or physical attraction is to women.
Traditionally a negative term, queer has been reclaimed by some people and is considered inclusive of a wide range of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
A phrase used in some queer communities of color. It was coined by activist Cleo Manago to better reflect the culture and experiences of people of African descent.
Same-Gender Loving (SGL)
A person who publicly advocates for LGBTIQ+ human rights. While allies are often classified as individuals who are not LGBTIQ+, LGBTIQ+ people can also be allies. For instance, a gay, cisgender, endosex man who advocates for intersex rights may be considered an intersex ally.
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