Sexual Orientation refers to what gender(s) or sex(es) a person can become attracted to. The term is usually used to encompass multiple forms of attraction but in some cases refers purely to sexual attraction wherein a person's orientation is split into two parts: romantic orientation and sexual orientation. This is especially useful for people who experience a difference in these two aspects of attraction (something common with asexuals in particular).

In English, most labels for sexual orientation rely on a binary understanding of gender, which can create problems for those who are nonbinary or questioning.

Most common labels

Straight / Heterosexual

Attracted to those of the opposite gender

Gay / Lesbian / Homosexual

Attracted to those of the same gender


Attracted to both and/or multiple genders


Attraction to all genders or attraction independent of gender


No attraction to anyone regardless of gender

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