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Life is rarely as simple as we’d like it to be. Nothing these days is black and white, everything is in colour. Everything is complicated.
As we’ve become more aware of life’s complexities more and open to the things that make them different and unique.
While appreciating and celebrating other people’s differences is great, understanding them can be quick a complicated task.
There are so many people in the world identifying as so many different things these days. You can struggle to get your head around what people really are.
One of the areas people are the most curious about is sexual orientation. Most people think there are only two types of sexual preference. Gay or straight but that’s far from the truth. New sexual preferences are being discovered an understood all the time these days, but right now the official total is 17.
There are 17 sexual orientations and understanding them can be pretty tricky.
When most people think about sexual orientation one of the first two things that spring to mind is straight people and the LGBT community. That’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (but that’s to do with gender identity, not sexual orientation).
The LGBT and straight community are typically the sexual orientations that get portrayed the most in television and media.
But sexual orientation is complex, there are so many different types out there. The language surrounding sexual health is constantly evolving.
To help you get a better understanding of the different types of sexual orientations out there in the world I’ve created a list of different orientations and their definitions.
This list will not only help your understanding of sexual preferences, but it could help you recognise your own.
Take a look at our list to discover what type of sexual orientation you are.
As you’re probably aware one possible sexual orientation is homosexual.
This is one of the simplest sexual orientations to understand. Homosexuality is when a person is only attracted to people who are the same gender as them. Like when boys like boys and girls like girls. Pretty simple right?
For ages society thought that homosexuality was wrong, for a time it was even illegal! While of homosexuality being a crime seems shocking there are still some people in the world who think that being sexually attracted to the same gender is wrong.
I don’t think I’d even heard this term until recently. It just goes to show you how much our language and understanding of sexual orientation has come!
Demisexual refers to people who don’t have a sexual connection or attraction to someone until they feel like a romantic connection with them.
So before they feel that sudden spark in their pants they need to become friends with someone before anything can be taken further.
This may sound pretty odd to a lot of us these days but it’s actually very sweet when you think about it for a moment.
Could you be demisexual?