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Sexual Orientation

Sexual Orientation is not determined by a person’s gender identity. There are several different sexual orientations; asexual, bisexual, gay/lesbian, omnisexualpansexual, and questioning.

Asexual
-A term that identifies a describes a person who does not experience sexual attraction. This term is a self-identity.

Bisexual
-A self-identity used by some people who are sexually/erotically or emotionally attracted to men and women. Some people prefer the term Pansexual because it opens the possibilities for attraction to more than two genders.

Gay
-An identity term used by people who identify as men and are attracted to men.

Lesbian/Gay
-An identity term used by some people who identify as female and are attracted to women.

Omnisexual/Pansexual
-Attracted to people of all sexes and genders.

Questioning
-The term is referring to people who are unsure or questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Skiliosexual
-Attracted to gender queer, gender fluid, gender non-binary, gender non-conforming, and neither male nor female individuals.

These definitions were pulled from Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: a resource for the transgender community. edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth, is a great resource for learning more about the above terms.

Reference:
Erickson-Schroth, L. (2014). Trans bodies, trans selves: A resource for the transgender community.

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