SEXUAL + ROMANTIC ORIENTATION

Sexual orientation is an enduring pattern of romantic or sexual attraction (or a combination of these) to persons of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, to both sexes or more than one gender, or to people of any gender. These attractions are generally subsumed under heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, pansexuality, while asexuality (the lack of sexual attraction to others) is sometimes identified as the fifth category.

Romantic orientation, also called affectional orientation, indicates the sex or gender with which a person is most likely to have a romantic relationship or fall in love with. It is used both alternatively and side by side with the term sexual orientation, and is based on the perspective that sexual attraction is but a single component of a larger dynamic. Sexual and romantic identities are complex and often fluid. It is important to acknowledge that each individual is the only one who can decide how to describe their own sexuality and romantic inclinations.