Sexuality & Genders Identities
please note this is not a complete listing, it's still a work in progress
Agender: denoting or relating to a person who does not identify themselves as having a particular gender.
Asexual: Individuals who don’t experience sexual attraction to others of any gender.
Aromantic: someone who experiences little or no romantic regardless of sex or gender
Bisexual: an individual who experiences sexual, romantic, or emotional attractions to people of more than one gender
Biromantic: someone who experiences romantic attraction, not sexual attraction to individuals of more than one gender.
Closeted: people in the LGBTQIA+ of Queer community who don’t publicly or openly share their sexual identity, sexual attraction, sexual behaviour, or gender expression or identity. (this isn’t always due to shame, and is often for the safety of the individual).
Cisgender: denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex
Cupiosexual: asexual people who don’t experience sexual attraction but still have the desire to engage in sexual behaviour or a sexual relationship.
Cupioromantic: aromatic people who don’t experience romantic attraction but still have the desire to engage in romantic behaviour or a romantic relationship.
Demigender: individuals who feel a partial connection to a particular gender identity. These include: demigirl, demiboy and demiandrogyne.
Demiromantic: individuals who experience romantic attraction under specific circumstances, such as building a romantic or emotional relationship with someone.
Fluid: term referring to the fact that sexuality, sexual attraction, and sexual behaviour can change over time and be dependent on the situation.
Gay: term describing individuals who experiencing sexual, romantic, emotional attraction to people of the same or similar gender (usually used in reference to gay men, but is also used by lesbians)
Gender-fluid: denoting or relating to a person who does not identify themselves as having a fixed gender.
Graysexual: term used to acknowledge the grey area on the sexual spectrum for people who don’t explicitly and exclusively identify as asexual or aromantic.
Greyromantic: romantic orientation that describes individuals whose romantic attraction exists in the grey area between romantic and aremantic
Intersex: people are individuals born with any of several variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones or genitals that, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, "do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies"
Lesbian: a woman or non-binary person who experiences sexual, romantic, or emotional attraction to people of the same or similar gender.
LGBTQIA+: acronym that often describes individuals who don’t identify as exclusively heterosexual or exclusively cisgender (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trandgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, and +)
Non-binary or Genderqueer: is a spectrum of gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine—identities that are outside the gender binary. Non-binary identities can fall under the transgender umbrella, since many non-binary people identify with a gender that is different from their assigned sex.
Non-conforming: is behavior or gender expression by an individual that does not match masculine or feminine gender norms.
Omisexual: used to describe individuals whose sexuality isn’t limited to people of a particular gender, sex, or sexual orientation.
Pansexual: individual who can experience sexual, romantic, emotional attraction to any person, regardless of that person gender, sex, sexuality (generally they don’t find an individual’s gender sexually attractive)
Panromantic: individuals who can experience romantic, or emotional (but not sexual) attraction to any person regardless of that persons gender, sex or sexuality.
Passing: refers to society’s perceptions and assumptions of someone’s sexuality or gender. Most commonly used to discuss the frequency and extent to which an LGBTQIA+ person is perceived as or assumed to be straight or cisgender. Some people actively pursue passing, while others are uncomfortable being perceived as straight or cisgender.
Polyamory: is the practice of, or desire for, intimate relationships with more than one partner, with the informed consent of all partners involved. It has been described as "consensual, ethical, and responsible non-monogamy
Queer: an umbrella term that describes individuals who aren’t exclusively heterosexual. The term acknowledge that sexuality is a spectrum as opposed to a collection of independent and mutually exclusive categories.
Questioning: the process of being curious about or exploring some aspect of sexuality or gender
Romantic Attraction: the experience of having an emotional response that results in the desire for a romantic, but not necessarily sexual, relationship or interaction with another person
Romantic Orientation: isn’t an aspect of self and identity that involves; how you identify. How you experience romantic desire (if you do). The gender(s) or sex(es) of the person who engages in romantic relationships (if any). The gender(s) or sex(es) of the people someone is romantically attracted to (any).
Sexual Attraction: experiencing sexual desire or arousal in relation to another person or group of people
Sex Averse: those who are usually ace and are adverse to or extremely disinterested in sex/sexual behaviour.
Sex Favourable: those who usually ace and in certain situations can have favourable or positive feelings towards sex.
Sex Indifferent: those who are usually ace and feels indifferent or neutral about sex or sexual behaviour
Sex Repulsed: those who are usually ace and are repulsed by or extremely disinterested in sex/sexual behaviour
Transgender: those who identify as different gender than the one assigned at birth, whether that’s male, female, non-binary, or just some where on the spectrum of gender.