Sexual orientation

Sexuality has to do with how you identify, how (and if) you experience sexual and romantic attraction, and your interest in and preferences around sexual and romantic relationships and behavior.

The enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attraction (or lack of attraction) to other people. Sexual orientation is an inherent, unchanging attribute (i.e. not a preference or a choice.) Sexuality can change over the course of someone’s life and in different situations. It’s understood to be a spectrum instead of a series of mutually exclusive categories. People do change how they describe and/or understand their own sexual orientation.

What does LGBTQIA+ stand for?

LGBTQIA+ stands for:

  • lesbian
  • gay
  • bisexual
  • transgender
  • questioning or queer
  • intersex
  • asexual

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