Happy National Coming Out Day!!!
For anyone who does not know, I am an ally, but I also possibly fall under the LGBT spectrum myself. (See image below.) That said, I’m still coming to terms with the possibility, and as such am not out for it would detract from those who are sure of themselves and their sexuality and out.
For all those who are out, congratulations! I’m so happy for you and proud of how brave you are. You. Are. Amazing!
For those who are not out, for whatever reasons (personal or just still figuring things out – like me), I’m proud of you too. And for those curious, a writing group I’m in posted a perfect picture to demonstrate the different sexualities.
If you want a description of each of the sexualities, well, look below. These may not be the Webster’s Dictionary definitions of the terms. These are just as I understand them to be based on what I’ve learned from the LGBT community. If you have a better difinition of these terms, feel free to let me know and I will update this post.
A woman with romantic or sexual feelings for other women.
A man with romantic or sexual feelings for other men.
This is also an overarching term used for anyone with romantic or sexual feelings for their own sex.
Someone who is attracted to both men and women.
A person born one sex, but identifies as another.
Someone who doesn’t limit their sexual choice in a partner based on sex, gender or sexual identity.
Someone who is attracted to others regardless of gender. Often confused with bisexuality and pansexuality.
Someone without sexual feelings towards others.
Someone with little-to-no romantic attraction towards others.
Someone who doesn’t experience a sexual attraction unless they have formed a strong emotional bond with another person.
Someone with the disire for intimate relationships (not always sexual) with more than one partner.
My understanding is this term is for anyone who may fall under any of these terms, but isn’t certain yet. By this definition, this is what I fall under technically, so I’m not certain my understanding of this term is correct.
Someone who was assigned male when born, but identify as female.
Someone who was assigned female when born, but identify as male.
Someone who is not exclusively male or female.
Someone who doesn’t identify themself as one particular gender.
Someone who doesn’t identify themself under any particular gender distinction, but identifies as a combination of male and female genders, neither, or both.
Someone who identifies partially, but not fully, as feminine no matter their assigned birth.
Someone who identifies partially, but not fully, as masculine no matter their assigned birth.
Someone who is born with reproductive anatomy that doesn’t fit the usual difinitions of male or female.
Someone who doesn’t identify themself as having a fixed gender.
Someone whose identity encompasses two genders.
Again, if my understanding of any of these terms is wrong, please feel free to leave a comment and correct me. I’m still getting used to all the terms myself and admit that I still have a lot to learn.