Terms to know

It’s hard to get a handle on all the terms out there to describe different sexual orientations. That’s because sexuality is complex and vocabulary shifts and changes over time. For instance, the terms gay and lesbian only came into common usage in the 20th century, even though evidence of same-sex attraction dates back thousands of years. As our culture continues to evolve to better capture the full range of sexualities and ways people identify, our language will continue to develop and change. Watch this video to learn about 10 terms you should know!

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Psych2Go. (2019, February 27). 10 Sexualities to Know About [Video]. YouTube.


Gender Identity Gender identity icon Our core sense of who we are as a man, a woman, a mixture of both, or neither.

Gender Expression Gender expression icon How we show up in the world through choices like clothing, hair style, mannerisms or tone of voice.

Attraction attraction icon How we feel toward others sexually, romantically and/or emotionally.

Biological Sex Biological sex icon Physical attributes such as reproductive organs and genitalia, chromosomes, genes and hormone levels.

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