Romantic and sexual orientation
Romantic and sexual orientation are enduring personal qualities that incline people to feel romantic and sexual attraction to certain kinds of people. Sometimes terms for sexual orientation are also used to include romantic orientation, the tendency to feel romantic attraction to certain kinds of people. Other times, orientation labels differentiate between romantic and sexual attraction.
Some of the most widely known labels for attraction, such as "lesbian," also imply the user's gender is a binary gender. There aren't similarly wide-spread words for attraction experienced by nonbinary people or attraction to nonbinary people (although it has been argued that every orientation includes attraction to some nonbinary people). This article includes many terms for this that have been proposed, even though they may not have been widely used at this time.
- 1 Usually attracted to women
- 2 Usually attracted to men
- 3 Usually attracted to a different gender than one's own
- 4 Usually attracted to the same gender as one's own
- 5 Usually attracted to more than one gender
- 5.1 Bisexuality
- 5.2 Pansexuality
- 5.3 Polysexuality
- 5.4 Agatic
- 5.5 Citrinian
- 5.6 Dahlian
- 5.7 Jaspian
- 5.8 Litian
- 5.9 Marblic/Astronic
- 5.10 Mercuric
- 5.11 Nomasexual/Nomaromantic
- 5.12 Nowomasexual/Nowomaromantic
- 5.13 Enbisian
- 5.14 Pluralian
- 5.15 Penultisexual/Penultiromantic
- 5.16 Periso/Perisosexual/Perisoromantic
- 5.17 Versian
- 6 Usually attracted to nonbinary people
- 6.1 Ageninic
- 6.2 Androgynesexual
- 6.3 Antigendersexual / Antigenderromantic
- 6.4 Astroidian
- 6.5 Delphinian
- 6.6 Diamoric
- 6.7 Enbian
- 6.8 Enboric
- 6.9 Lunaric
- 6.10 NBLNB
- 6.11 Ninsexual/Ninromantic
- 6.12 Paninic/Pangeninic
- 6.13 Saturnic
- 6.14 Ceterosexuality
- 6.15 Solaric
- 6.16 Stellaric
- 6.17 Terraric
- 6.18 Wisterian
- 7 Usually not attracted
- 8 See also
- 9 References
Usually attracted to women[edit | edit source]
In the English-speaking world, most people know about three orientations that are usually attracted to women: bisexuals, heterosexual men, and homosexual women (lesbians). Some other identity labels have been proposed in order to have a way to say that one is usually attracted to women, without labeling one's own gender identity: gynephilia, femaric, feminamoric, neptunic, and venusic. Some identity labels have been proposed specifically for nonbinary people who are usually attracted to women: azalian, nonbinary people loving women (NBLW), and orbisian/trixic.
Azalian[edit | edit source]
"An agender/genderless person who loves women." Coined by tumblr user genderless-gibberish. .
An azalian flag created by tumblr user nooonbinaryyyy.
Donna-[edit | edit source]
An unaligned nonbinary person who is only attracted to women. Suffixes are added to specify type of attration, e.g. donnasexual, donnaromantic, donnaqueerplatonic, etc. "Donna" means woman in Italian. Coined by a person named Fy in a 2017 submission to Beyond MOGAI Pride Flags.
Femaric[edit | edit source]
Non-straight attraction by anyone to women and feminine-aligned people. Coined by Tumblr user goodpositivitylgbt.
Feminamoric[edit | edit source]
Attracted exclusively to women. Various flags have been created for this orientation.
Gynephilia[edit | edit source]
Gynephilia, also referred to as gynesexual, is a romantic or sexual orientation in which a person feels attraction to femininity itself instead of women/the person.  This term has gained criticism, arguing that the prefix "gyne-" is focused on genitals, not gender. Proponents of the term "gynephilia/gynesexual" argue that the term refers to women, not genitals.
Lesbian[edit | edit source]
People who identify as lesbians are only attracted to women. This word is applicable regardless of whether one or both people involved are cisgender women or transgender women. Some nonbinary people also identify as women to some degree (nonbinary women), and also usually experience attraction to women, and so they consider themselves lesbians. Some people see "lesbian" as their gender identity as well as their sexuality.
NBLW[edit | edit source]
Non-binary people loving women (often abbreviated as nblw) is an expression used to describe nonbinary people who feel some type of attraction towards women. Trixic or orbisian are terms that can be used with the same meaning.
Some nblw prefer the term nonbinary lesbian to describe their attraction to women because it's easier, since lesbian is better known than trixic or orbisian, and some people can relate more to this term.
Gynesexual or finsexual are also terms to describe the attraction to femininity but they're not specifically for non-binary people and also don't exclusively describe the attraction to women.
Neptunic[edit | edit source]
Attraction to women, nongendered people, and all nonbinary people who are not male-aligned or masculine.
Orbisian/Trixic[edit | edit source]
An orbisian or trixic person is a nonbinary person who is attracted to women (exclusively or not). The trixic or orbisian flag was created by non-alligned-sapphic on tumblr. Purples and yellows represent nonbinary-ness, while pink represents the attraction to women.
Sapphic[edit | edit source]
Sapphic generally stands for feminine-aligned people being attracted to other feminine-aligned people and women. It is an umbrella term for bisexual female-aligned people, lesbians, and any other people who consider themselves wlw (women who love women).
Umbalian[edit | edit source]
Term for nonbinary men who love women. Derived from the gemstone umbalite.
Venusic[edit | edit source]
Only attracted to women and fem-aligned nonbinary people or partial women.
Womasexual[edit | edit source]
"Attraction to women (and/or feminine genders, depending on the person)."
Usually attracted to men[edit | edit source]
In the English-speaking world, most people know about three orientations that are usually attracted to men: bisexuals, heterosexual women, and homosexual men (gay men). Some other identity labels have been proposed in order to have a way to say that one is usually attracted to men, without labeling one's own gender identity: androphilia, marsic, mascic, and uranic. Some identity labels have been proposed specifically for nonbinary people who are usually attracted to men: nonbinary people loving men (NBLM), quadrisian/toric, thistlian, and viramoric.
Achillean/MLM[edit | edit source]
An umbrella term for any male, male-aligned, or partially-male people who feel attraction to men (e.g. gay men, bisexual/pansexual men, gay asexual men, etc.) In short, anyone who considers themself a MLM (man who loves men) can identify as achillean. The term is derived from the mythical character Achilles.
Alternate terms/synonyms are "vincian", inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, "wildean" inspired by Oscar Wilde, and "hyacique" from the Hyacinth flower and the minor Greek deity.
Androphilia/Androsexuality[edit | edit source]
Gay men[edit | edit source]
People who identify as gay men have a male gender identity, and are attracted only to men. This word is applicable regardless of whether one or both people involved are cisgender men or transgender men. Some nonbinary people also identify as men to some degree (nonbinary men), and also usually experience attraction to men, and so they consider themselves gay.
Marsic[edit | edit source]
Only attracted to men and masc-aligned nonbinary people or partial men.
Mascic[edit | edit source]
Non-straight attraction by anyone to men and masculine-aligned people. Coined by Tumblr user goodpositivitylgbt.
Masexual[edit | edit source]
"Attraction to men (and/or masculine genders, depending on the person)."
NBLM[edit | edit source]
Nonbinary people loving men (very often abbreviated as nblm, NBLM) is a term that refers to nonbinary people who are sexually and/or romantically attracted to men, either exclusively or not.
Quadrisian/Toric[edit | edit source]
Nonbinary person attracted to men (exclusively or not). 
Thistlian[edit | edit source]
"An agender/genderless person who loves men." Coined by tumblr user genderless-gibberish.
Uranic[edit | edit source]
Attraction to men, nongendered people, and all nonbinary people who are not female-aligned or feminine.
Viramoric[edit | edit source]
Nonbinary person attracted exclusively to men. Various designs of the viramoric flag have been created; here is a selection.
Usually attracted to a different gender than one's own[edit | edit source]
Heterosexuality[edit | edit source]
Also called being straight, heterosexuality is a romantic and sexual orientation in which a person tends to feel sexual attraction only to people of a different gender identity than their own. For example, women who usually feel attracted only to men. This is heterosexuality even if one or both of the people are transgender, because this is based on gender identity rather than sex. Heterosexuality is often defined as attraction between persons of opposite gender. However, the idea "opposite gender" only makes sense within the gender binary, which sees all people as being either of only two genders, and that those two genders are supposedly opposites to each other. What "heterosexuality" means when nonbinary identities are taken into account is not agreed upon. By its etymology, it could imply "other" or "different" gender. In that case, a heterosexual nonbinary person could mean one who feels attraction to one gender other than nonbinary, to both binary genders, or to all genders other than their exact own. Nevertheless, heterosexuality is often assumed to refer to attraction between men and women only, even when nonbinary identities are acknowledged. This can cause distress to nonbinary people in a relationship and their partners as they struggle to find a labels for themselves. The question of whether a nonbinary person can identify as heterosexual-- and how exactly that person defines their heterosexuality-- is up to that individual person.
Strayt[edit | edit source]
Coined by Mercuryretrograde, the term "strayt" is for nonbinary people who feel their attraction "is 'straight' but in a nonbinary way." Being strayt does not require attraction to only one gender or attraction to an "opposite" gender.
Contraic[edit | edit source]
Usually attracted to the same gender as one's own[edit | edit source]
Homosexuality[edit | edit source]
Also called being gay, homosexuality is a sexual orientation in which a person feels sexual attraction only to people of the same gender as one's self. All homosexual people can also call themselves gay. Nonbinary people who are mainly attracted to other nonbinary people can call themselves homosexual, gay, or NBLNB (nonbinary loving nonbinary).
Nonbinary people who also identify as men or women to some degree, and are mainly attracted to the same, may also call themselves homosexual, gay, and/or lesbian.
Gai[edit | edit source]
The term "gai" is for nonbinary people who feel their attraction is gay but in a nonbinary way. Being gai does not require attraction to only one gender or attraction to the same gender.
Omnigay[edit | edit source]
"Omnigay" is a term which can be used by individuals with fluid gender who experience fluid attraction as well, "so that the individual is always attracted to [their] same gender." Omnigay was coined in 2014 by tumblr user monetarymollusk. In 2017, tumblr user shadowofthedude coined a synonym "omnique" (pronounced om-NEEK) which can also be used as a noun (ex: "I'm an omnique.") "Omnique" is formed by combining "omnigay" and "queer".
Original Omnigay flag. Has been criticised for resembling the Confederate flag.
An omnigay/omnique flag by salppho. Intended as "combination of the sapphic, diamoric, and achillean flag colors in a configuration reflective of the trans flag."
Symmaic[edit | edit source]
Coined in 2018 by tumblr user identity-workshop. A symmaic person is a nonbinary person attracted to their same gender. The prefix sym is taken from the word "symmetry".
Usually attracted to more than one gender[edit | edit source]
Bisexuality[edit | edit source]
Bisexuality is a sexual orientation in which a person feels sexual attraction to more than one gender of people. Some define this as attraction to "women and men". Others define bisexuality as attraction to two categories of people: the same as one's own gender, and different than one's own gender. Others define bisexuality as attraction to people of any gender. What "bisexuality" means when nonbinary identities are taken into account is a matter of debate. Many people feel that "bi-" reinforces the gender binary, and erases nonbinary identities, preferring pansexual or polysexual. Others argue that "bisexual" was originally coined to describe a sexuality which included aspects of both heterosexuality and homosexuality, and that it should be interpreted as inclusive of attraction to all genders or sexes, although there are certainly bisexuals who do only feel attraction to two specific genders, whether those be "men and women", "women and genderqueer folks", or any two genders imaginable.
Pansexuality[edit | edit source]
Pansexuality is a sexual orientation that involves sexual attraction to people of all genders. Pansexuals are attracted to all types of people. They are gender-blind (because if they're not gender blind then it's called Omnisexuality), asserting that gender is insignificant or irrelevant in determining whether they will be sexually attracted to others. Some people prefer to call themselves 'pansexual' rather than bisexual because they feel the word "bisexual" has binary implications.
Polysexuality[edit | edit source]
Polysexuality is a sexual orientation with sexual attraction to several genders of people. Polysexuals are attracted towards two or more genders, but not all (as in pansexuality) and not just both binary genders (as in some understandings of bisexuality). The polysexual flag has pink for women, blue for men, and green for nonbinary people. Not to be confused with polyamory, which is about loving more than one partner at the same time.
Agatic[edit | edit source]
"A woman who is attracted to women and nonbinary people (to any degree), exclusively or not."
Citrinian[edit | edit source]
"A woman who is attracted to men and nonbinary people (to any degree), exclusively or not."
Dahlian[edit | edit source]
"An agender/genderless person who loves men, women, nbs, and other agender/genderless people." Coined by tumblr user genderless-gibberish.
Jaspian[edit | edit source]
A nonbinary person who is attracted to men, nonbinary people, and women. Coined 20 May 2018 by Eli (tumblr user dispositiondocket). Named after the stone/mineral jasper. See also Versian.
Litian[edit | edit source]
Marblic/Astronic[edit | edit source]
Mercuric[edit | edit source]
Also known as mercurian, this term can be used to describe attraction to women, men, and nonbinary people who are aligned towards one or the other, but not other-aligned or unaligned. Intended to be similar to other planetary-related terms to describe attraction for nonbinary people, such as venusic and marsic.
Nomasexual/Nomaromantic[edit | edit source]
Nowomasexual/Nowomaromantic[edit | edit source]
Enbisian[edit | edit source]
A term coined in 2020 by tumblr user enbisian, this describes the orientation of nonbinary people (fem-aligned or non-aligned) who are attracted to only women and nonbinary people (fem-aligned or non-aligned). The word is a combination of "enby" and "orbisian". The definition is similar to neptunic, but unlike neptunic, enbisian cannot be used by men or male-aligned people.
Pluralian[edit | edit source]
Umbrella term for anyone (of any gender) who is attracted to more than one gender. Can be used as a noun ("The pluralian decided to date John") or as an adjective ("I'm so pluralian"). A synonym for "m-spec". Coined by dinolove453 on deviantart.
Penultisexual/Penultiromantic[edit | edit source]
Being attracted to all genders except your own.
Periso/Perisosexual/Perisoromantic[edit | edit source]
"Being attracted to the same gender and some or all non binary genders but NOT to the other binary gender [...] The word comes from 'per' (through) and 'iso' (identical) meaning literally 'being attracted to the same gender and through the binary i.e. to non binary genders'." Coined by queer-coloured-glasses on tumblr.
Versian[edit | edit source]
Term meaning "nonbinary people who love women, nonbinary people, and men! comes from the word universe, keeping in with the space-themed terms for nonbinary people. of course, a versian person could also i.d as pan-, but this term places emphasis on being of a nonbinary gender(s)". Term and flag created by xeno-aligned on tumblr in 2018. See also Jaspian.
Usually attracted to nonbinary people[edit | edit source]
Orientations tend to be named and categorized in a way that involves one's own gender identity. For example, "lesbian" indicates not only that one is attracted to women, but also that one identifies as a woman. Some words for sexual orientations make reference to one's own gender: heterosexuality and homosexuality, gay and lesbian.
Some words for sexual orientations don't make reference to one's own gender, which makes it easier for nonbinary people to use them. This includes androphilic, gynephilic, ceterosexuality, and asexuality. This is also the case for bisexuality, polysexuality, omnisexuality, and pansexuality, which mean attraction to more than one gender of people. People disagree about how each of these involve transgender, nonbinary, and intersex people, and which of these words is the most inclusive and respectful of the legitimacy of them.
Ageninic[edit | edit source]
Androgynesexual[edit | edit source]
Androgynesexual refers to attraction to androgynous or gender neutral people. However, androgynesexual carries the connotation that the person of attraction is both masculine and feminine, rather than neither. Sometimes it is defined as attraction to men and women with androgynous appearances, or to simply anyone with androgynous appearance.
Antigendersexual / Antigenderromantic[edit | edit source]
Astroidian[edit | edit source]
Any man or masculine-aligned person who is attracted to nonbinary people, including but not limited to: gay men, bisexuals, pansexuals, polysexuals, etc.
Delphinian[edit | edit source]
"An agender/genderless person who loves other agender/genderless people." Coined by tumblr user genderless-gibberish.
Diamoric[edit | edit source]
"A form of attraction felt by nonbinary people who feel that being nonbinary affects their experience with attraction or a nonbinary form of attraction that does not fit a same or similar vs opposite or other gender attraction dichotomy. ‘Diamoric orientations’ is an umbrella term for all orientations lables that describe nonbinary attraction that does not conform to a similar/opposite gender dichotomy." "Diamoric" can also describe a relationship or attraction that involves at least one nonbinary person.
The term was originally going to be "dionysian" from the god Dionysus, but this drew criticism, and "diamoric" was decided as the replacement. It is formed from the Greek prefix "dia-", meaning "passing through", "going apart", or "thoroughly/completely" and the Latin "amor" for love.
Enbian[edit | edit source]
"[NBLNB], nonbinary people who experience attraction towards nonbinary people (whether exclusively or not)."
Enbian flag, created by tumblr user the-ross-winchester.
Enboric[edit | edit source]
"[A]n umbrella term to describe any attraction to nonbinary people. coined with nonbinary people in mind, but can be used by anyone who is attracted to nonbinary people and not straight."
Lunaric[edit | edit source]
Attraction solely to lunarians, female-aligned nonbinary people, and feminine nonbinary people (but not women).
NBLNB[edit | edit source]
Nonbinary people loving nonbinary people (often abbreviated as nblnb, NBlNB, NblNb) is a term that refers to nonbinary people who are sexually and/or romantically attracted to other nonbinary people.
Ninsexual/Ninromantic[edit | edit source]
Paninic/Pangeninic[edit | edit source]
Saturnic[edit | edit source]
Attraction solely to other nonbinary people, including those who may be woman-aligned and/or man-aligned, but not to women nor men. Appears to have been coined in 2018 by tumblr user arco-pluris.
Ceterosexuality[edit | edit source]
Ceterosexuality, formerly skoliosexuality, means a sexual orientation in which a person feels sexual attraction to nonbinary people, and perhaps other kinds of transgender people as well.  Some believe the term is only to be used by nonbinary people, though it was coined in the context of binary people's attraction to nonbinary people.  Non-binary people who are attracted to other non-binary people may also use the term homosexual/homoromantic. Skoliosexual was first coined in 2010 by the user Nelde on DeviantArt, but due to a somewhat problematic etymology (skolio- comes from the Greek for "crooked"), some prefer to use the term ceterosexual, (from Latin "cetera", meaning "other") or allotroposexual (from Greek "allotropo" meaning "different").
Solaric[edit | edit source]
Attraction solely to solarians, male-aligned nonbinary people, and masculine nonbinary people (but not men).
Stellaric[edit | edit source]
Attraction solely to non-aligned nonbinary people and stellarians. Given that this term is based on stellarian, it could also be taken as a term for attraction solely to stellarians and gender-neutral nonbinary people. This would be similar to the origins and use of lunaric and solaric.
Terraric[edit | edit source]
Attraction to nonbinary people and stellarians. Judging by the wording, the use of "nonbinary people" here may be referring to non-aligned nonbinary people.
Wisterian[edit | edit source]
"An agender/genderless person who loves enbies." Coined by tumblr user genderless-gibberish.
Usually not attracted[edit | edit source]
Asexuality[edit | edit source]
Disambiguation: for asexuality in the sense of a person born without sexual organs, that is an intersex condition, so instead see intersex. People who don't experience sexual attraction are most often not intersex.
Asexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by lack of sexual attraction. This is often accompanied by low or absent interest in sexual activity. Asexuality is distinct from abstention from sexual activity and from celibacy, which are behavioral and generally motivated by factors such as an individual's personal or religious beliefs. Asexuals may have attraction sometimes but is not performed practically. Though asexuals lack in sexual attraction to any gender, may engage in romantic relationships. Some asexuals identify as MOGII. This can be because they feel that the category is appropriate because they experience discrimination for their sexuality like lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, because they experience romantic attraction to the same gender, or both. 
Asexuality is also an umbrella term, and there are many kinds of sexual orientations in the asexual spectrum. One of many kinds of asexuality is gray-asexuality, a sexual orientation that partly lacks sexual attraction. Demisexuality is also included under the asexual umbrella.
Aromanticism[edit | edit source]
An aromantic is someone who usually experiences little or no romantic attraction, though they may feel other forms of attraction.
Demisexuality[edit | edit source]
Demisexuality is a sexual orientation in which a person feels sexual attraction only to people they have formed a strong bond with, friends for example. Grey-asexuality is similar to demisexuality, but not exactly the same.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Sexes, in the sense of how people's bodies are put into categories such as female and male
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