Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Terms Everyone Should Know

Our culture in the United States has overall become more socially progressive over the years. Now more than ever, we have increased ways of identifying ourselves based on things like gender and sexual orientation. Along with all these new terms comes new definitions and ways of explaining them. Below is a concise list of *some* of the many sexual orientation and gender identity terms in alphabetical order.

Agender – An agender individual does not connect with any gender and does not identify as male or female

Aromantic – A person who does not experience and/or has no interest in romantic attraction or behavior

Asexual – A person who does not experience and/or has no interest in sexual attraction or behavior

Bigender – Someone who changes between identifying as the traditional “man” and “woman”

Bisexual – A bisexual or “bi” person shows emotional, physical and/or sexual attraction to two or more genders

Cisgender – A person whose gender identity and sex assigned at birth are the same

Demiromantic – A sexual or emotional bond must be formed before a romantic attraction can develop

Demisexual – A romantic or emotional bond must be formed before a sexual attraction can develop

Gay - Someone who is emotionally, physically and/or sexually attracted to members of the same sex and/or gender

Gender Non-Conforming – A person who does not identify with the gender binary of male or female

Heterosexual – Someone who is emotionally, physically and/or sexually attracted to members of the opposite sex. Also called “straight.”

Lesbian – A woman who is emotionally, physically and/or sexually attracted to other women

Monosexual – A person who is attracted to one gender

Nonmonosexual – A person who is attracted to more than one gender

Panromantic – An individual who has romantic feelings for others no matter what sex and/or gender they identify with

Pansexual – A pansexual or “pan” person is emotionally, physically and/or sexually attracted to people of any gender identity

Queer – An individual who identifies as non-heterosexual

Questioning – A person who is questioning may be unsure of or is exploring their gender identity and/or sexual orientation

Transgender – A transgender, or “trans” for short, person identifies with a gender that differs from the one they were assigned at birth. Some trans individuals choose to make a gender transition to physically have the body they feel they belong in.

 

Again, this is not nearly a full list of all gender identity and sexual orientation terms that exist. It is simply an overview of many of the terms within these subjects. It is never a bad idea to educate yourself!