Different types of sexuality (understanding your sexuality-part 2)

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Different types of sexuality (and other relevant stuff)

Heterosexuality-Being attracted to the opposite gender

Homosexuality-Being attracted to the same gender. Men attracted to men are known as gay and women attracted to women are known as lesbian.

Polysexuality-Is the sexual attraction to more than one gender but do not wish to be known as bisexual as it implies that there are only two binary sexes, do not confuse this with pansexuality (Pan meaning All and Poly meaning many).

Transexualism-Is when a person identifies themselves with a physical sex that is different to their own biological one. A medical diagnosis can be made if a person experiences discomfort as a result of a desire to be a member of the opposite sex. For example a person may be born male and is uncomfortable with their gender as a male and changes to a female, or a female may change to a male. It is a long process that they will go through and an expensive one too.

Bisexuality- Being attracted to both genders

Bi-curious-Someone who does not classify themselves as bisexual but is curious or interested in having a sexual experience with the same gender; they may suspect themselves to be bisexual/questioning their own sexuality

Pansexuality-Is the sexual attraction towards people regardless of gender also known as omnisexuality. Some pansexuals refer to themselves as gender blind as to them gender is insignificant in determining whether they will be sexually attracted to others.

Bisexual vs. Pansexual (this is very difficult to grasp, I still don't fully understand it!)

Bisexual people are attracted sexually and romantically to both males and females, and are capable of engaging in sensual relationships with either sex. Despite being able to form meaningful, lasting relationships with both sexes, bisexual individuals may, to a small or large degree, have a preference for one sex over the other.

Similarly, pansexual people may be sexually attracted to individuals who identify as male or female; however, they may also be attracted to those who identify as intersex, third-gender, androgynous, transsexual, or the many other sexual and gender identities.

The latter distinction is what draws the line between pansexuality and bisexuality. People who self-identify as pansexual do so with purpose, to express that they are able to be attracted to various gender and sexual identities, whether they fall within the gender binary or not.

The pansexual label, however, is more accommodating for those, regardless of their own gender identity, who sometimes do not fit neatly into the male or female genders, for example, when people who are engaged in a homosexual or heterosexual relationship and their partner transitions from male-to-female or female-to-male. Although, some choose to take on change their sexual identity according to the gender to which their partner has transitioned, an increasing number have chosen to self-label as pansexual, queer, or one of the other non-monosexual identities. The pansexual identity is much more accommodating to the coupling of individuals who embrace various sexual and gender identities.

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