II. Sexual Orientation: Straight, Ga.y, Others?!
Sexual Orientation: An enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions to a certain sex or gender or set of them. Sexual orientation is usually classified according to the sex or gender of the people who are found sexually attractive. It is usually discussed in terms of three categories: heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual, though there are many other forms of sexual orientation.
Types of Sexual orientation
Asexuality. The lack of sexual attraction to either gender or interest in sex. Many teens believe at one point of another that they are asexual because they experience no sex drive, but this is not the case. Asexuality only has a 1% incidence rate, so the majority of teens are actually just experiencing a normal lack of desire. Even if you are asexual, you may still engage in sex.
Bisexuality. Sex with and/or sexual, affectional, or romantic attraction to people of both genders(typically male and female).
Heterosexuality. Sex with and/or sexual, affectional, or romantic attraction primarily or exclusively to people of the opposite gender.
Homosexuality. Sex with and/or sexual, affectional, or romantic attraction primarily or exclusively to people of the same gender.
Pansexuality. Characterized by the potential for aesthetic attraction, romantic love, or sexual desire for people, regardless of their gender identity or biological sex. This includes a potential attraction to people who do not fit into the gender binary of male/female. Some pansexuals suggest that they are gender-blind; that gender and sex are insignificant or irrelevant in determining whether they will be sexually attracted to others.
Polysexuality. Sex with and/or sexual, affectional, or romantic attraction to more than one gender or sex. This is people who do not wish to identify as bisexual because it implies that there are only two binary genders or sexes. Polysexuality should not be confused with pansexuality, which is an attraction to all people regardless of gender or sex.
There are many other forms of sexuality, including monosexuality(exclusive attraction to one gender or sex), autosexuality(attraction to yourself), and zoosexuality(attraction to animals; COMMONLY ILLEGAL!), but they are minor types.
Misc. Sexuality Info
Transsexualism. A condition in which a person identifies their gender with a physical sex different from the one with which they were born. A medical diagnosis can be made if a person experiences discomfort as a result of a desire to be a member of the opposite sex, or if a person experiences impaired functioning or distress as a result of that gender identification.
Intersexuality. Previously called hermaphrodites, intersex individuals are people whose sex is not exclusively male or female. They may have characteristics of both sexes or ambiguous genitalia that prevents idenitification. In some types, the person may on the outside have all the characteristics of one sex, but may have the sexual organs of another sex inside. In some cultures, these are well respected people who take the role of a "third gender" in their society. An intersex individual can go receive medical attention if they wish to identify as one sex exclusively.