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Sexual Orientation

This is someone’s sexual identity. Someone’s sexual identity is who they may feel sexual attracted to. It is not always easy for someone to be able to identify their Sexual Orientation and it’s an important part of someone’s identity. It may take a while for someone to understand who they are, and it’s important to be there and be supportive of someone’s sexual orientation.

  • Straight: This is someone that is attracted to someone of the opposite gender/sex. 

  • Gay: This is someone that is attracted to someone who are of the same-gender/sex. 

  • Bisexual: This term is defined as someone who feels attraction to someone two or more genders. 

  • Lesbian: This is a term that defines a woman that feels sexual attraction to only other women. It’s the equivalent of gay, however it’s specific to gay women. 

  • Aromantic: A person that does not feel or experience romantic attraction. However Aromantic is a spectrum and people can fall anywhere on this spectrum. 

    • Demiromantic: A person who experiences romantic attraction once an emotional connection has been established.

    • Greyromantic: A person who experiences romantic occasionally or mild romantic attraction. Their romantic attraction is fluid. 

  • Asexual: A term used to describe a person that does not experience sexual attraction. They may have a sexdrive, however it’s not directed at others. Some may experience romantic attraction and engage in romantic relationships, however not all do. This is a spectrum like Aromantic.

    • Demisexual: A term that is used to describe a person that feels sexual attraction once an emotional and/or romantic connection has been established. 

    • Grey-Asexual/Greysexual: A term that is used to describe a person that only sometimes or experiences mild sexual attraction. Like Greyromantic this is a fluid. 

  • Pansexual: A term that is used to describe a person that is attracted to all genders, or people regardless of what their gender identity is. 

Gender Identity

This is someone's sense of one’s own personal gender identity. This can be from biological traits or based on how someone feels they are. Someone’s gender identity can be on the binary, which is female or male, or it can be somewhere in between or not even in the binary.

  • Cisgender: A term used to describe someone that whose gender identity aligns : with the one they were assigned at birth. The term cisgender has been shortened to “Cis”. 

  • Transgender: A term that can be used to describe someone who’s gender identity does not correspond with the one they were assigned at birth. 

  • Intersex: A term that is used to describe an individual that was born or developed in puberty biological characteristics which are not typical for “male” or “female”. This happens when there are condition in their sex chromosomes that causes someone to develop characteristics of both male or female or not typical for their assigned sex.

  • Gender Fluid: A term that is used to describe someone whose gender identity is dynamic and is considered “fluid”. Someone could feel like one gender one day, however be in between a different day, or even be on the other end the next day. 

  • Agender: Someone with no or very little connection to any gender. This is someone that typically does not identify with any gender most of the time. 

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