Sexual Identity: Decoding The Sexuality Spectrum (Part 3)

Sexual Identity: Decoding The Sexuality Spectrum (Part 3)

Mallika Jhaveri

The LGBTQIA+ community is wonderful in every way. They’re judgement-free, accepting and all-encompassing, especially when it comes to sexuality. Literally. There is a spectrum of sexual identities within the community! Unfortunately, we are unaware of many of them. Our first article covered the basics, the second article went deeper and this final one goes beyond that too! It includes many umbrella terms as well.

This article is based on the information given on Healthline and Medical News Today

14. Allosexual

An allosexual is someone who experiences sexual attraction and is not asexual. It’s an umbrella term and even those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual etc can identify as allosexual. While this isn’t an exclusive sexual identity, it is used to normalise asexuality. Talk about a buddy system, right?

15. Sapiosexual

Sapiosexuality is very interesting. It describes a person who is attracted to intelligence, rather than a certain gender or genders. No, this does not mean they are into robots but could be into the humans who made the robots. Being sapiosexual basically means being attracted to sheer intellect. They don’t care about beauty, just the brains.

16. Skoliosexual

This term is used to describe those who are specifically attracted to people who identify as non-binary. They’re drawn to those who do not conform to gender identities, like gender-queer people. It’s a sexuality that many of us don’t know about, and personally, I found this one to be the most interesting!

17. Monosexual

This is an umbrella term to describe those who feel an attraction to only one gender. They bat for one team and one team only. This includes those who are exclusively gay, lesbian or straight. Their preferences are crystal clear.

20. Polysexual

This is the umbrella term opposite to being monosexual. Polysexuals are those who feel an attraction to more than one gender. So this includes bisexuals, pansexuals and other similar sexualities. This is NOT to be confused with “not knowing what they want” and “being promiscuous”.

The LGBTQIA+ community is home to many sexualities, genders and identities. Each of them thrive and shine in their own way. Many of us need to expand our horizons and think beyond being gay, lesbian, bisexual and straight because after all, they’re one end of the very large and colourful spectrum.

Were you aware of these sexualities? Share it with us in the comments below.

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