As the world becomes a more accepting place, we’re learning about new sexualities faster than David Attenborough discovers new species’, and each sexuality is unique and beautiful.
How Many Sexualities Are There?
Contrary to popular belief, there are more sexualities than the few most are familiar with. Previously, we were confined to the boxes of “gay”, “lesbian” and bisexual” but the world has thankfully evolved. Now, an abundance of terms are more widely known. After all, there’s a “+” on LGBTQ+ for a reason.
For this deep dive, we’ve covered 29 sexualities, and those are just the one’s we’ve encountered. In reality, there are probably hundreds of sexual identities, which, until the world becomes a fully inclusive and prejudice-free place, will be lesser-known.
What Sexuality Am I?
Sexualities are, in essence, labels. We use them on a daily basis to help us categorise our identities. Because of this, here at KK, we want to stress that you may find yourself falling into multiple categories and that is completely okay. You might not even want to put yourself into a category, which is also totally fine. You do you.
Your sexuality is one part of your identity. Knowing which labels apply to you could help you mingle, empathise, relate to and form bonds with others who fit those same ‘categories’.
Sometimes, sexuality is black and white. Someone may say “I’m 100% straight”, and that’s great. Sometimes, others may say “I think I’m about 75% straight and 25% bi-curious”, which obviously isn’t quite as black and white.
What we’re saying is: it’s okay to have a grey area when we talk about sexuality.
Or, in this case, a rainbow area.
So, remember that before we delve into the different (known) types of sexuality. You are whoever you are, and we love you for that.
Before we jump into the list of sexualities, you should know that if you’re struggling to pinpoint your own sexual direction, you can always take an online quiz. While this won’t determine your sexuality with 100% accuracy, it’s a good starting point.
Check out Pink News’ quiz which determines your sexuality based on your reaction to a range of images. While we’re not completely convinced that they’ve got it right, it’s still good fun!
An A-Z of sexuality:
So, here we go: here are the 29 sexualities currently in awareness, and the low-down on what they mean.
Someone whose sexuality alters frequently. Abrosexuals label themselves with a range of sexualities within a short space of time.
Someone who is attracted to both men and women who have an androgynous (defined by Merriam Webster.com as “having the characteristics or nature of both male and female”)
Someone who gets hot under the collar for masculinity. Those who don’t fall into homosexuality or heterosexuality usually find themselves in the androsexual world
Someone who doesn’t feel romantic attraction. This is not to be confused with asexuality, as an aromantic enjoys the sensation of sex. Relationships can be somewhat impossible for aromantics but getting jiggy with it is never usually a problem.
As previously hinted, an asexual person feels physical intimacy is only marginally, (or not at all) appealing. Asexual people can still form very real relationships, but intimacy will be in different forms.
You’re starting to see the difference between sexualities that end in ‘sexual’ and ‘romantic’ now, right? Bi relates to bisexuality, though ‘romantic’ demonstrates that an appeal to the relationship without the sexual intimacy. A biromantic is someone who is attracted to both genders, but they aren’t sexually attracted to their partners.
People who are bisexual are attracted to people who identify with the same gender as their own, and others.
Someone who finds non-binary folk hot AF.
Someone who forms a sexual connection only if they first form an intimate, emotional connection.
Demiromantics are people who need to form an emotional connection before they can become romantically attracted to someone.
No, it’s not someone who’s attracted to mermaids. Though, I’m sure there’s a term for that somewhere out there. A finsexual is someone who is attracted to women and all forms of femininity.
Someone who is attracted to people with the same gender identity as their own.
Urban Dictionary says that a gynosexual is “Someone that is sexually attracted to feminine individuals, or woman, or people that “look” like a woman”.
This, unsurprisingly, is a grey area. Someone who is grey-romantic lies in the middle of aromantic and romantic.
Someone who is attracted to the opposite gender. In other words, ‘straight’.
Someone who is attracted to the same gender.
Someone who is romantically attracted to the opposite gender but seeks no physical intimacy.
Someone who is romantically attracted to the same gender but seeks no physical intimacy.
A woman who is attracted, physically, emotionally, and mentally, to a woman.
An omnisexual is someone who is attracted to all genders. This is often confused with pansexuals. The main difference is that omnisexual people still consider gender, whereas pansexuals don’t.
A pansexual is someone who forms intimate relationships because of the person, rather than their gender identity or sex. Many pansexuals say “it’s what’s inside their spirit, not what’s inside their pants.”
Attracted to all genders but on a romantic level, rather than physical intimacy.
A pomosexual doesn’t believe in labels. They reject any categorization in terms of sexuality.
Someone who is sexually attracted to a range of different genders, though not all.
Frequently used by the LGTBQ+ community to explain that someone is not heterosexual.
Someone who is – well, questioning – their sexuality.
Someone who is attracted to the opposite sex. Also known as ‘heterosexual’.
A skoliosexual is someone who is attracted to non-binary folk.
Someone who is sexually attracted to the knowledge and the human mind.
Written by the Killing Kittens team.