June is National Pride Month, in memory of the 1969 Stonewall riots, which sparked the fight for civil rights within the Queer community.
|The "Lipstick Lesbian" Flag|
|The "Gay Pride" Flag|
|The "Bisexuality" Flag|
|The "Transgender" Flag|
|The "Queer Pride" Flag|
Questioning – anyone still working out their sexual orientation or gender identity.
|The "Intersexuality" Flag|
Intersex – anyone born with a body not clearly identifiable as female or male. In some cases, this may be known as a hermaphrodite, though this term is more often used as a scientific description of animals, not as suitable for humans.
|The "Asexuality" Flag|
Asexual – anyone who does not feel sexually attracted to anyone else. However, the Asexual, or “Ace” community has its own spectrum and may include individuals who are interested in romantic relationships, but not sex. For instance, if you are in the Asexual category, you can be considered “Gray” meaning you are between Asexual or Sexual, or you can be Demisexual, in which you need a strong emotional attachment in order to be sexually attracted to someone. When it comes to romance, you can be Hetero-Romantic, Homo-Romantic, Bi-Romantic, Pan-Romantic, A-Romantic, etc.
|Asexual Romanticism can seem a bit complex.|
|The "Straight Ally" Flag|
Ally – Any straight or cisgender person who supports the queer community.
|The "Pansexuality" Flag|
Pansexual – the prefix "pan" meaning "any," a person who can develop attraction to any gender. Often interested in others based on personality and not sexual orientation/identity or gender expression/identity.
The “+” or “Plus sign” in the acronym is used to represent all other sexualities/gender identities not already featured. Those may encompass any of the following:
Two Spirit - Two-spirit. The visionaries and healers of aboriginal communities, the gay and lesbian shamans. Known to fulfill a "3rd gender" role within indigenous cultures. (Sometimes added to the acronym, represented by “2S”)
|The "Polyamory" Flag|
Polyamorous – anyone interested in having multiple relationships at once. (Opposite of Monogamous.) Not to be confused with Polygamy, which means having many marriages.
Metrosexual - a young, urban, heterosexual male with liberal political views, an interest in fashion, and a refined sense of taste.
|The "Bear" Flag|
Sapiosexual – anyone interested in or sexually attracted to others’ intelligence
|The "Gynephilia" Flag|
|The "Androphilia Flag"|
Gynephilia and Androphilia: behavioral science terms that can be used as an alternative to heterosexuality and homosexuality. Androphilia is the attraction to men or masculine qualities, while Gynephilia signifies being attracted to women or feminine qualities.
|The "Autosexuality" Flag|
Autosexual: a person who is not necessarily attracted to others sexually or successful at responding to others sexually, but can satisfy themselves through touch (i.e. masturbation) Term coined by Bernard Apfelbaum in his research on sex therapy.
|The "Polysexuality" Flag|
Polysexual – being attracted to many sexes. Both Bisexual and Pansexual are regarded as forms of Polysexuality.
|The "Skoliosexuality" Flag|
Skoliosexual – being attracted to someone who does not fit the gender binary. (as in finding someone who is not Cisgendered attractive, like falling in love with a person who is Transgender for instance)
|The "Androgyny" Flag|
Androgynous – someone whose gender or sex is ambiguous or not easily identifiable. I think Jeffree Star is a great example of this.
|Jeffree Star being his fierce, fabulous, androgynous self!|
|The "Lithromantic" Flag|
Lithromantic – a person who may theoretically enjoy romantic relationships, but is not necessarily sexual. This identity may also include someone who becomes romantically attached to others but does not want it to be reciprocated. Part of the Ace, Gray-romantics spectrum.
|The "Demiromantic" Flag|
Demiromantic – a person who can only develop a romantic (non-sexual) attraction for someone if they have a strong emotional connection. (Like the romantic version of Demisexual, also part of the Ace, Gray-romantics spectrum)
|The "Neutrois" Flag|
Neutrois – a person who considers themselves genderless. May include Agendered/Gender-Nonconforming. (part of the Transgender spectrum)
And there are several other gender identities/sexual orientations that may not be determined or named.
For more information on the LGBTQQIAAP+ spectrum, visit Gay Explained: The LGBTQQIAAP+ Community or your local LGBT Center.
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