Glossary – S Terms

Terms beginning with the letter S, including:
| sexual orientation |

sexual orientation (n)

Sexual orientation has been described as “an often enduring pattern of emotional, romantic and/or sexual attractions of men to women (heterosexual), of women to women or men to men (homosexual), or by men or women to both sexes (bisexual). It also refers to an individual’s sense of personal and social identity based on those attractions, related behaviors and membership in a community of others who share those attractions and behaviors.”

sexual orientation (n) described 30 Dec 2022. This definition, which comes from the American Psychological Association (LGBT Topics) website (28 Mar 2015), uses binary language such as men/women and doesn’t well reflect the existence and experience of asexual, nonbinary, and intersex persons. back to top

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