A confusing modern term used to describe a person's configuration of gender and sexual desire. In this concept, a person who is attracted only to his or her own sex is homosexual, while a person who is attracted only to the other sex is heterosexual, and if one is attracted to both sexes, then he or she is bisexual.
Sexual identification, depending on a person's sexual relationships or affinity. Innate sexual attraction. In all instances, use this term instead of Sexual Orientation or other misleading terminology.
Sexual orientation refers to one's sexual and romantic attraction. Those whose sexual orientation is to people of the opposite sex are called "heterosexual", those whose sexual orientation is to people of the same sex are called "homosexual" (or lesbian or gay), and those whose sexual orientation is to people of both sexes are called "bisexual." The term "sexual preference" is misleading because it implies that this attraction is a choice rather than an intrinsic personal characteristic. Sexual orientation is not necessarily the same as sexual behavior.
feeling of attraction to others, based on biological sex and gender expression, over which individuals have no choice and different from sexual behavior; romantic, sexual, and emotional attraction to others, categorized by the sex of the person to whom one is attractedâ€”such as: heterosexual (attracted to the opposite sex); homosexual (attracted to the same sex); or bisexual (attracted to individuals irrespective of their sex)
The inclination or capacity to develop intimate emotional and sexual attractions and/or relationships with people of the same gender (lesbian, gay), the other gender (heterosexual), or either gender (bisexual).
This is determined by whom we are sexually (or erotically) attracted"our sexual/erotic drives, desires, fantasies. Categories of sexual orientation include homosexuals"gay, lesbian"attracted to some members of the same sex; bisexuals, attracted to some members of both sexes to varying degrees; heterosexuals, attracted to some members of the other sex; and asexuals, attracted to neither sex. Some sexuality researchers suggest that pederasts (adults sexually/erotically attracted to children) might be considered a separate sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is believed to be influenced by a variety of factors including genetics and hormones, as well as unknown environmental factors. Though the origins of sexual orientation are not completely understood, it is generally believed to be established during early childhood, usually before the age of five.
Gay refers to men whose primary attraction is to other men. Lesbian refers to women whose primary attraction is to other women. Bisexual refers to men or women whose attraction is to both sexes. Asexual refers to men or women who do not experience sexual attractions. Transexual or transgender refers to men or women whose physical characteristics place them in one gender group yet emotionally they identify with another group.
The term sexual orientation refers to the gender(s) or sex(es) of persons to whom an individual is sexually attracted. This could be the same, the opposite gender, sex, or both. Sexual orientation is often confused with a person's gender identity, but they are distinct characteristics. The sexual orientation of a transgendered person is classified by their preferred gender identity. For example, a male-to-female transsexual who is attracted to biological women might self-identify as a lesbian. On the other hand, a female-to-male transsexual who is attracted to biological 'women might identify as heterosexual. There are also transgendered men and women who are attracted to other transgendered persons, as well as those who are asexual or not attracted to anyone.
An enduring emotional, romantic, sexual and/or affectional attraction to another person; exists along a continuum that ranges from exclusive homosexual to exclusive heterosexual and includes various forms of bisexuality; Persons may or may not express their sexual orientation in their behaviors.
Sexual preference for emotive/erotic partners of the same, opposite, or either sex. Orientations are typically described as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or asexual. [In 1973, the term "homosexual" was taken out of the DSM-IV after much protests and in-workings of activists.
The preferred term used when referring to an individual's physical, emotional and/or spiritual attraction to the same and/or opposite sex, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and heterosexual orientations. Avoid the offensive term "sexual preference," which is usually employed to suggest that being gay or lesbian is a choice and changeable.
Sexual orientation refers to a person's sexuality. Commonly used terms for people whose sexual preference is for people of the same sex as themselves are homosexual, gay and lesbian. Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is not covered by the Sex Discrimination Act.
the way in which a person's sexual and emotional desires are directed. The term categorizes according to the sex of the object of desire—that is, it describes whether a person is attracted primarily toward people of the same or opposite sex or to both.
Sexual attraction to a particular group of persons. Typical sexual orientations are to the other sex (heterosexuality) and one's own sex (homosexuality).
Sexual orientation describes the direction of an individual's sexuality, often in relation to their own sex or gender. Common terms for describing sexual orientation include bisexual (bi), heterosexual (straight) and homosexual (gay/lesbian).