Sexual Orientation

Sexual Orientation

-Not determined by a person’s gender identity. There are several different sexual orientations; asexual, bisexual, gay/lesbian, omnisexual/pansexual, and questioning.


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


-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.


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


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


-Attracted to people of all sexes and genders.


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


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

These definitions were 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.


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