Little did you know, there are a whole heap of sexual orientations in this big world of ours. Even though a few of you fogies might want to keep your eyes closed to anything having to do with S-E-X, it is important to at least try and understand all of the sexual preferences that are out here!

Not everyone grooves in the same way which is why our maker made each of us different. There are lots of folks who feel so alone because their preferences are not recognized or validated. According to studies, sadly, it is commonly known that homosexuality finds less tolerance in the Black community. Younger people also tend to have more tolerant views of those with sexual orientations that are not quite the “norm.”

People are not just straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transsexual. Here is a rainbow of sexualities, so that you can familiarize yourself with all that is going on around you. TAKE OFF THE BLINDERS PEOPLE! We are never too old to make positive changes in our lives and one would be to emancipate our minds, so that we can…STOP JUDGING and embrace our differences.

Straight–These are heterosexuals who are attracted to the opposite sex, men to women and vice versa.

Lesbian–A term that describes women who are attracted to other females in a sexual way.

Gay–The term describes a man who is sexually attracted to another male.

Bisexual–These are folks who are attracted sexually/romantically to both genders; a man who is attracted to men and women is bisexual and again, vice versa.

Pansexual–This is also known as omnisexual, and is the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity. Pansexual people may refer to themselves as gender-blind.

Polysexual–This is very similar to pansexuality. While pansexuals are attracted to all genders and sexes, polysexuals are attracted to some, but not all. For example, a polysexual person may be attracted to most people regardless but is uncomfortable with the idea of being with girls.

Transsexual– Folks who identify as transgender or transsexual are usually people who are born with typical male or female anatomies but feel as though they’ve been born into the “wrong body.” For example, a person who identifies as transgender or transsexual may have typical female anatomy but feel like a male and seek to become male by taking hormones or electing to have sex reassignment surgeries.

Skoliosexual–A new term that means being primarily sexually, romantically, and/or aesthetically attracted to genderqueer, transgender, and/or non-binary people. In other words, “skoliosexual” can be used to describe attraction to anyone under the larger umbrella of genderqueer.

Genderqueer–This is a person who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions but identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders.

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Asexual–Those who identify as asexual actually never feel sexual attraction toward anyone. They have no desires when it comes to sex. However, they do still have romantic desires unrelated to sex.

Demisexual–The term describes a person who does not experience sexual attraction to another person unless or until they have formed an emotional connection with that person.

Graysexual–Folks who think they’re asexual, but also experience sexual desire at very random, rare occasions would identify as graysexual. They can only feel sexual desire under certain conditions or even only at random times here and there.

Androsexual–Folks who are sexually attracted to men and those with masculine features. So a person who is androsexual can like men AND women, so long as those women look masculine.

Queer– Describes those who fall under any sexual orientation that is not heterosexual. However, it’s also used to describe those who don’t fit under any other sexuality at all. 

Gynosexual–This is basically the opposite of androsexual. When someone identifies as gynosexual, they have a sexual attraction to women with feminine features. So anybody who is attracted to women can also be attracted to men and other genders that appear to be very feminine in nature.

Heteroflexible–This is situational sexual behavior. It is predominantly heterosexual but these folks might feel the urge for someone of the same sex only occasionally.

Allosexual–An adjective used to describe people who do experience sexual attraction and are not asexual.

Polyamorous–Describes people who have consensual relationships that involve multiple partners.

Autosexual–This is a sexual orientation where one has sex with and is sexually attracted towards oneself. Self-pleasure is more enjoyable for these individuals than sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual activity.