Refers to a person's sexual preference such as heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality.
Which sex one finds erotically attractive: opposite (hetero), same (homo), or both (bi).
the direction (toward males, females, or both genders) of our emotional, social, psychological, and physical attractions.
Heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality based on sexual, social, cognitive and emotional attraction towards another.
an individual's sexual, emotional, romantic, and affectionate attraction to members of the same sex, the other sex, or both.
one's sexual attraction toward persons of either one's own sex or the opposite sex. (391)
A confusing modern term used to describe a person's configuration of gender and sexual desire. In this concept, a person who is attracted only to his or her own sex is homosexual, while a person who is attracted only to the other sex is heterosexual, and if one is attracted to both sexes, then he or she is bisexual.
Sexual identification, depending on a person's sexual relationships or affinity. Innate sexual attraction. In all instances, use this term instead of Sexual Orientation or other misleading terminology.
One's sexual attraction toward members of either one's own sex of the other sex.
The 1997 Treaty of Amsterdam empowered the EU to outlaw all discrimination based on a persons sexual orientation. (See EU citizenship, Fundamental rights)
Sexual orientation refers to one's sexual and romantic attraction. Those whose sexual orientation is to people of the opposite sex are called "heterosexual", those whose sexual orientation is to people of the same sex are called "homosexual" (or lesbian or gay), and those whose sexual orientation is to people of both sexes are called "bisexual." The term "sexual preference" is misleading because it implies that this attraction is a choice rather than an intrinsic personal characteristic. Sexual orientation is not necessarily the same as sexual behavior.
The erotic or romantic attraction (preference) for sharing sexual expression with the opposite sex (heterosexuality), one's own sex (homosexuality), or both sexes (bisexuality).
Focus of consistent sexual, romantic, and affectionate interest, either heterosexual or homosexual. (374)
reflects an enduring emotional, romantic and sexual attraction to a particular sex.
A description of innate sexual interests in a particular sex. Sometimes used to describe lifestyles which include gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, celibates and heterosexuals.
feeling of attraction to others, based on biological sex and gender expression, over which individuals have no choice and different from sexual behavior; romantic, sexual, and emotional attraction to others, categorized by the sex of the person to whom one is attractedâ€”such as: heterosexual (attracted to the opposite sex); homosexual (attracted to the same sex); or bisexual (attracted to individuals irrespective of their sex)
The romantic or sexual attraction people feel for others, whether of their own sex, the opposite sex, or both sexes.
A sexual preference or choice that determines whether one chooses a member of the same or the opposite sex, or both, for sexual satisfaction.
The inclination or capacity to develop intimate emotional and sexual attractions and/or relationships with people of the same gender (lesbian, gay), the other gender (heterosexual), or either gender (bisexual).
The pattern of sexual, social, romantic, cognitive and emotional attraction based on the gender of one's partner.
Sexual preference (heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual) for a member of the opposite sex, the same sex, or both, for sexual satisfaction.
This is determined by whom we are sexually (or erotically) attracted"our sexual/erotic drives, desires, fantasies. Categories of sexual orientation include homosexuals"gay, lesbian"attracted to some members of the same sex; bisexuals, attracted to some members of both sexes to varying degrees; heterosexuals, attracted to some members of the other sex; and asexuals, attracted to neither sex. Some sexuality researchers suggest that pederasts (adults sexually/erotically attracted to children) might be considered a separate sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is believed to be influenced by a variety of factors including genetics and hormones, as well as unknown environmental factors. Though the origins of sexual orientation are not completely understood, it is generally believed to be established during early childhood, usually before the age of five.
generally defined to mean heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality.
A person's preference for members of the same sex (homosexuality), opposite sex (heterosexuality), or both sexes (bisexuality).
Whether a person is attracted to people of their own sex, the opposite sex or both sexes. Assumptions and perceptions of a person's sexuality are also covered by law.
Who you are attracted to. Can be gay, straight, lesbian or bisexual.
Gay refers to men whose primary attraction is to other men. Lesbian refers to women whose primary attraction is to other women. Bisexual refers to men or women whose attraction is to both sexes. Asexual refers to men or women who do not experience sexual attractions. Transexual or transgender refers to men or women whose physical characteristics place them in one gender group yet emotionally they identify with another group.
Pattern of physical and/or emotional attraction to members of the same or opposite sex (i.e., hetero-, homo- or bi- sexual). Orientation does not always dictate gender of sexual partners.
The term sexual orientation refers to the gender(s) or sex(es) of persons to whom an individual is sexually attracted. This could be the same, the opposite gender, sex, or both. Sexual orientation is often confused with a person's gender identity, but they are distinct characteristics. The sexual orientation of a transgendered person is classified by their preferred gender identity. For example, a male-to-female transsexual who is attracted to biological women might self-identify as a lesbian. On the other hand, a female-to-male transsexual who is attracted to biological 'women might identify as heterosexual. There are also transgendered men and women who are attracted to other transgendered persons, as well as those who are asexual or not attracted to anyone.
The preference for a sexual partner of a specific sex. For instance: same sex (homosexual), opposite sex (heterosexual), or either sex (bisexual).
Refers to whom one is affectionally and sexually attracted, usually based on gender and sex characteristics.
A term used to describe a person's emotional and/or physical attraction to another.
An enduring emotional, romantic, sexual and/or affectional attraction to another person; exists along a continuum that ranges from exclusive homosexual to exclusive heterosexual and includes various forms of bisexuality; Persons may or may not express their sexual orientation in their behaviors.
Sexual preference for emotive/erotic partners of the same, opposite, or either sex. Orientations are typically described as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or asexual. [In 1973, the term "homosexual" was taken out of the DSM-IV after much protests and in-workings of activists.
refers to the gender or genders a person is attracted to. See lesbian, gay, bisexual, straight, sexuality.
The preferred term used when referring to an individual's physical, emotional and/or spiritual attraction to the same and/or opposite sex, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and heterosexual orientations. Avoid the offensive term "sexual preference," which is usually employed to suggest that being gay or lesbian is a choice and changeable.
A person's predisposition to choose members of the same or the opposite sex as romantic and sexual partners. See also bisexuality, heterosexuality, and homosexuality.
A person's pattern of attractiveness toward the opposite or the same gender.
Sex of partners in an emotional/sexual relationship; innate sexual attraction indicating who one is erotically attracted to.
Sexual orientation refers to a person's sexuality. Commonly used terms for people whose sexual preference is for people of the same sex as themselves are homosexual, gay and lesbian. Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is not covered by the Sex Discrimination Act.
Refers to whether a person is straight, gay, bisexual or asexual. This is a completely separate and different personality aspect from gender identity.
the way in which a person's sexual and emotional desires are directed. The term categorizes according to the sex of the object of desire—that is, it describes whether a person is attracted primarily toward people of the same or opposite sex or to both.
The "object of one's affection," regardless of the admirer's gender. Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation are often confused with one another.
attraction toward and interest in members of one or both genders
A person's preference for emotionalâ€“sexual relationships with members of the opposite sex (heterosexuality), the same sex (homosexuality), or both sexes (bisexuality).
Preference of a person for one sex or the other.
The focus of a person's amorous or erotic desires and feelings toward members of the opposite or the same gender.
A person's preference toward certain behaviors.
how a person chooses to have sex -- with the same or opposite sex, with both, with oneself, or not at all (asexual).
Sexual attraction to a particular group of persons. Typical sexual orientations are to the other sex (heterosexuality) and one's own sex (homosexuality).
Sexual orientation describes the direction of an individual's sexuality, often in relation to their own sex or gender. Common terms for describing sexual orientation include bisexual (bi), heterosexual (straight) and homosexual (gay/lesbian).