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Glossary

Feeld Glossary: Gender Identities and Sexual Orientations. So you don't have to Google it.

Genders

Agender

A human who does not identify themselves as having a particular gender; who identifies as genderless or neutral.

Androgynous

An androgynous human is characterised by the combination of masculine and feminine characteristics

Bigender

Bigender humans have two distinct gender identities, either at the same time or at different times. They could identify as both male and female, or as having two other gender identities.

Gender-fluid

Gender-fluid humans have different gender identities at different times. Their identity could switch from multiple genders at once to none at all, or between single gender identities.

Gender Nonconforming

Gender nonconforming refers to humans whose gender expression does not match their socially prescribed gender identity. In other words, they are humans whose behavioural, cultural, or psychological traits that do not correspond with the traits typically associated with their gender.

Genderqueer

A human whose gender identity cannot be categorised as male or female, or in other words, whose identity is non-binary.

Gender Questioning

Gender questioning refers to humans in the process of deciding which gender identity suits them best. It is a tentative label for a person who is in the process of figuring out how to describe their gender identity.

Intersex

Intersex humans are born with any variation in sex characteristics including anatomy, reproductive organs and/or chromosomes patterns that do not fit the typical definition of male or female. An intersex person may have any gender identity or sexual orientation.

Non-binary

A human who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely masculine nor entirely feminine

Pangender

Pangender, or omnigender, humans identify with a multiplicity of genders, either at the same time or fluctuating between them. That way, a pangender human could also be gender-fluid.

Trans Man

Trans men (or FtM/MtM) are humans assigned female at birth (or born with intersex characteristics) but who identify as male. Trans men can have any sexual orientation.

Trans Woman

Transgender women are humans assigned male at birth (or born with certain intersex characteristics) but who identify as female. Trans women can have any sexual orientation.

Transfeminine

Trans Feminine refers to transgender humans who were assigned male at birth but who identify with femininity to a greater extent than with masculinity. Trans Feminine humans usually prefer to present femininely or to transition to feminine gender expression but do not always identify as female.

Transmasculine

Trans Masculine refers to transgender humans who were assigned female at birth but who identify with masculinity to a greater extent than with femininity. Trans Masculine humans usually prefer a more masculine gender expression but do not always identify as male.

Two-Spirit

Two Spirit is a culturally distinct gender that most commonly refers to Indigenous Native Americans. It refers to the one of many mixed gender roles traditionally found among many Native Americans and Canadian First Nations indigenous groups. The mixed gender roles encompassed by the term have historically included wearing the clothing and performing the work associated with both men and women. Humans who are not Native American should refrain from calling themselves Two-Spirit.

Sexualities

Heterosexual

Heterosexual humans feel sexual, romantic and/ or emotional attraction to a person of the opposite (binary) gender, i.e. women attracted to men, or men to women.

Gay

Gay is most commonly used to describe humans who feel sexual, romantic and/ or emotional attraction to people of the same gender. For women, ‘lesbian’ would also apply and could be the preferred term.

Lesbian

Lesbian refers to women who feel sexual, romantic and/or emotional attraction towards women. Some non-binary humans may also identify with this term.

Bisexual

Sometimes shortened to 'bi', bisexual refers to humans who feel sexual, romantic and/ or emotional attraction to humans of both the same gender and of another gender. People may experience this attraction in differing ways and degrees over their lifetime. Bisexual humans do not need to have had specific sexual experiences, or any sexual experience, to identify as bisexual.

Pansexual

A human who has the capacity to feel sexual, romantic and/ or emotional attraction to any person, regardless of their gender identity.

Polysexual

Polysexuals are humans who are romantically or sexually attracted to some but not all genders. Humans who use the term may sometimes do so as a substitute of 'bisexual', which has historically been associated with the dichotomy of the gender binary (though this is changing).

Queer

Queer is a term used by humans who reject specific labels of sexual or romantic orientation and/or of gender identity. It could also sometimes be interpreted as a statement of against some of the perceived norms associated with the LGBT community.

Androgynosexual

Androgynosexuals feel sexual, romantic and/or emotional attraction to humans with both masculine and feminine features.

Androsexual

Androsexuals are primarily sexually, romantically and/or aesthetically attracted to masculinity (though not necessarily to men). The term is usually used by genderqueer rather than by heterosexual or gay humans.

Aromantic

Aromantic refers to humans who do not experience romantic attraction (but could still experience sexual attraction).

Demiromantic

Demiromantic refers to humans who do not experience romantic attraction until a strong emotional or sexual connection has been formed with a partner.

Asexual

Asexual humans do not experience sexual attraction. Unlike celibacy, which is a lifestyle choice, asexuality is an intrinsic part of a human's sexual identity. That said, there is considerable diversity among asexual humans in how they experience relationships, attraction and arousal.

Autosexual

Autosexual is a human is sexually attracted to and aroused by their own body. Masturbation does not automatically make a human autosexual (just as having sex doesn't make a human sexual).

Demisexual

Demisexuals are humans who do not experience sexual attraction to another person unless they have formed a strong emotional connection.

GrayA

GrayA refers to humans who very rarely experience sexual attraction.

Gynesexual

Gynesexuals are primarily sexually, romantically and/or aesthetically attracted to femininity (though not necessarily to women).

Heteroflexible

Heteroflexible humans are primarily sexually and/or romantically attracted to genders other than their own but are also open to having sexual and/or romantic interactions with humans of the same gender. The term often refers to humans who are predominantly heterosexual but are sometimes sexually attracted to members of the same sex.

Homoflexible

Homoflexible humans are primary gay but open to having sexual and/or romantic interactions with humans of a gender other than their own.

Objectumsexual

Object sexuality or objectophilia is a form of sexual and/or romantic attraction focused on particular inanimate objects.

Omnisexual

Omnisexuality is characterised by sexual desire and/or attraction that is not limited to people of a particular gender identity or sexual orientation.

Skoliosexual

Skoliosexual humans are primarily sexually, romantically and/or aesthetically attracted to genderqueer, transgender and/or non-binary humans.

Bi-curious

Similar to questioning, bicurious humans are exploring whether or not they are attracted to humans of the same gender as well as humans of another gender.

Other Terms

Cisgender

Someone whose gender identity is the same as the one they were assigned at birth.

Polyamorous/Polyamory

Polyamory constitutes having consensual relationships that involve multiple partners. Polyamorous humans talk openly with their partners about having – or having the desire to have –sexual and/or emotional relationships with multiple humans.

Polygamous/Polygamy

Polygamy means being married to more than one person. The practice is illegal in many countries.

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