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IN People ON 19 Oct, 2015
Alright, so most of us are familiar with the terms 'heterosexual' and 'homosexual'. The former refers to a person who is sexually attracted to someone of the opposite sex while the latter refers to someone sexually attracted to the same sex. Bisexuals, on the other hand, are people who are sexually attracted to both sexes -- this does not mean, however, that they prefer having two partners at the same time. Misconceptions abound when it comes to sexual orientation.
But do you know about the other labels one would want to know to comprehensively identify oneself with? Check these out.
Graysexual means that you are in between someone who is sexual and someone who is asexual. Your sexuality is fluid, and you can call yourself gay or straight because you understand that you are not exactly bound to being asexual nor sexual.
Asexual simply means not being sexually attracted to anyone. You may be affectionate to someone or think of that person as appealing, but never in a sexual manner.
Like asexuality, being an aromantic is supposedly something innate. Being one means that you do not require any romantic connection. While aromantic individuals still develop a personal or emotional connection with other people, it is not romantic in nature. Likewise, emotional support can be given in a totally platonic manner.
Being a lithromantic means that they do not necessarily want their romantic feelings for someone to be reciprocated. Yes, you might say that they are okay with being "friendzoned" or something of that sort. It also means that one may not actually want to be in a romantic relationship even if romantic love is experienced.
Demisexuals are people who do not feel sexually attracted to people unless they already have a strong emotional bond with them.
Like the demisexual, a demiromantic will not have a romantic attraction toward someone unless the person has already developed a special, emotional bond.
Being pansexual means that you are able to be attracted to any gender. You are able to fall in love and have a sexual, emotional, and personal relationship with them, regardless of their gender.
Polysexuals, like pansexuals, feel attraction to some people who have different genders, but they may not have any desire for others.
If you are panromantic, it means that you are able to have a romantic relationship or at least develop romantic feelings for anyone regardless of gender, but not be necessarily sexually attracted.
If you are attracted to people who do not identify as a cisgender -- someone who ascribes to the gender one is assigned to since birth -- then you are a skoliosexual.
Being in this kind of relationship means that you have very emotional connections with each other beyond the level of friendship, but they never go towards a more romantic nature.
This is a term used to refer to one's partner in a queerplatonic relationship.