Let’s Talk All Things Sex, Sexuality And The Sexual Spectrum!

Pride Month is the perfect time to talk about sexuality and to go over terms that some people may not understand, let alone have even heard of.

It’s especially important to talk about at this moment in our progression as humans, seeing as about 50% of Gen Z’ers consider themselves to be queer.

So what does it mean to be queer? What does it mean to be intersex or non-binary? This list has got you covered. The sexual spectrum is so vast and complicated that this list is definitely not exhaustive but it’s a start!

1. Queer

Queer was once used as a slur but has been powerfully reclaimed by the LGBTQ+ community! It’s an umbrella term to encompass everyone who doesn’t fit into the “heterosexual” box, regardless of what box they feel represents them. It’s evolved from just a term into a sense of community and belonging which is why someone may describe themselves as “gay and queer” instead of just gay.

2. LGBTQ+

LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer. The plus, is a catch all for the multitude of sexual spectrums people may fall on including but not limited to: intersex, pansexual, asexual etc.

3. Pansexual

Bisexuality and pansexuality may seem to overlap quite a bit however, pansexuality is defined as being attracted to people regardless of what gender they identify with.

The Pansexual flag

4. Non-Binary

A person who identifies as non-binary is someone who doesn’t identify as either male or female.

5. Genderfluid

Much like non-binary folk, genderfluid describes people whose gender fluctuates at different times. Some days they may feel more male, and others, more female, sometimes both at the same time!

6. Trans (Transgender)

Trans describes a person whose gender given to them at birth does not match their gender identity.

7. Intersex

Intersex is used to describe people who are born with reproductive anatomy that don’t match the typical “male or female”. It can also apply to chromosomes that doctors use to determine gender.

8. Asexual

Asexuality describes people who are simply not sexually attracted to other people. Don’t confuse this with asexual people being sexless or non-sexual completely. For example, they may still masturbate but don’t necessarily fantasize about another person in it. They may also still desire closeness and romantic attraction but genital smashing just isn’t really their thing!

9. Demi-Sexual

Demi-Sexuality describes people who may not necessarily feel sexual attraction toward other people innately. Sexual attraction only grows over time with getting to know someone.

10. Sapiosexual

Similar to Demi-Sexuals, sapiosexuals only differ in that they specifically choose to point out that intelligence is what actively gets them to feel sexual attraction toward someone.

At the end of the day it doesn’t matter where on the spectrum you fall, as long as it gives you the ability to live your authentic and best self! Live it fully and live it proud when you feel safe enough to do so.

Happy Pride, everyone!

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