What Sexuality Have You? A Dictionary Of Sexual Orientations

What Sexuality Have You? A Dictionary Of Sexual Orientations

Confused by some of the different terms and identities around on the internet? Here’s a dictionary of orientations and preferences from across the spectrum.

Starting with the more widely known. . .

gay: when a male is attracted to another male, or when a female is attracted to another female

lesbian: when a female is sexually attracted to another female, might use the term “gay” interchangeably

straight or heterosexual: when a female or male is attracted to the other binary gender

bisexual: when an individual is attracted to both their own gender and another gender

An example of bisexual is when a female is attracted to both other females and males. This is often confused with. . .

pansexual or omnisexual: when an individual is attracted to all gender expressions, while still maintaining preferences

An example of pansexual is when a male is attracted to other males, females, transsexual individuals, third-gender individuals, androgynous individuals, etc.

Then, there are the lesser known. . .

skoliosexual: when an individual is not attracted to cisgender individuals, but the other gender expressions

gynesexual or gynosexual: when an individual is attracted to females and/or individuals with feminine features

androsexual: when an individual is attracted to males and/or individuals with masculine features

asexual or non-sexual: when an individual rarely experiences sexual attraction to other individuals, but still experiences romantic and/or emotional attraction

Grey A or Gray A: when an individual very rarely experiences sexual attraction or has only a slight sex drive, but may in particular situations or with particular individuals

aromantic or non-romantic: when an individual rarely experiences romantic and/or emotional attraction to other individuals, but still experiences sexual attraction

autosexual: when individuals are sexually attracted to themselves

demisexual: when an individual only experiences sexual attraction to another individual when a powerful romantic and emotional relationship is created

androgynosexual: when an individual is attracted to males, females, and/or androgynous individuals with both masculine and feminine features

polysexual: when an individual is attracted to some, but not all gender expressions

pomosexual: when an individual does not feel their sexual preference can and/or should be identified by pre-existing labels

This is all so confusing. I don’t know about you but I only identify with one sexual orientation here. However, this is not a comprehensive list; when it comes to sexuality, people are constantly coming up with new ways to identify themselves.

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  1. #TeamKizito
    July 18, 05:15 Reply

    Aswear, it is. I’d just shift to a glorious corner with my one sexuality.

  2. D.
    July 18, 05:16 Reply

    I’m surprised “queer” isn’t on this list, since it’s becoming a kind of catchall category in certain areas, through which people identify with the LGBT-alphabet soup community. Queer-identified folks might experience romantic or sexual attraction in a variety of the ways listed above. Obviously, in some areas queer is still primarily a slur, but it’s being reclaimed.

    • Pink Panther
      July 18, 05:19 Reply

      Even some gay men I know are bandying the word around in description of us. It’s sorta like black people calling themselves ‘niggers’ when once before, it was a politically incorrect term.

  3. Francis
    July 18, 06:05 Reply

    O ga oh. Shit just got mega complicated. I wish I could experience that autosexual thingy. Vanity overload.

  4. ambivalentone
    July 18, 07:05 Reply

    b4 seeing Shawn Up until yesterday, I may not av bin aromantically skoliosexual…this is just a headache. I’m gay abeg

  5. kacee
    July 18, 07:20 Reply

    Lol, i didn’t know some of this sexuality (skoliosexual) exist o. So confusing…

  6. pete
    July 18, 07:37 Reply

    my sexuality is not there

  7. JArch
    July 18, 07:48 Reply

    pomosexual – When an individual is attracted to pomo and not shaki

    shakisexual – when an individual is attracted to shaki. can sometimes be used in place of pomosexual

    pomshasexual – when an individual is attracted to both pomo and shaki and sometimes isi-ewu.

    Now the list is complete

      • JArch
        July 18, 19:46 Reply

        Akpansexual is when you’re attracted to lean meat and with very low cholesterol and carbs


  8. Diablo
    July 18, 07:49 Reply

    Definitely gay, with a touch of autosexual, cus my nudies turn me on and sometimes i prefer own hands lol. And for those of you who feign distates for labels and roles while playing one role or the other, well there you have it – pomosexuals or pretentious fucks.

  9. Eros
    July 18, 09:24 Reply

    Confusosexual; when you are no longer sure of which sexuality you are because PP has decided to give us orishirishi this morning. Odiegwu!

    • Pink Panther
      July 18, 18:21 Reply

      Hhahahahahahahahaa!!! Eros, my hands are clean o. Mbok.

  10. Masked Man
    July 18, 09:27 Reply

    I think I’m Grecosexual; attracted to Greek gods.

    • Eros
      July 18, 11:08 Reply

      Taah! Keep kwayet there!! What do you know about greek gods 😒😒

      • Masked Man
        July 18, 11:26 Reply

        **retrieves bow and arrow**
        Where is this one coming from?

  11. kacee
    July 18, 10:16 Reply

    Confusosexual, Grecosexual Lmao

  12. Sam La' smithereens
    July 18, 11:40 Reply

    For those who are interested in seeing a comprehensive list check out this link.


  13. Kester
    July 18, 15:18 Reply

    Hahaha haha haha haha lol @jarch you are not just OK haba! I didn’t plan to laugh like this today. Amanam nsak imam mkpa and everyone is wondering what the @#%+ is wrong with me. PP the humor here is awesome. Pomo shaki cow leg sexual, now I have heard everything.

  14. Kester
    July 18, 15:22 Reply

    Even the mother of dragons was rendered speechless and I was so looking forward to read her take on this. # team khaleesi

  15. ronniephoenix
    July 18, 22:51 Reply

    As usual can’t find anything close to my sexuality

  16. King
    July 28, 10:19 Reply

    Charactersexual…attracted to someone’s character…I think that’s where I belong ..

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