17 sexualities and gender identities you may not have heard of

Nope, people are not just gay, straight or bi.

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'Seventeen?!' We hear you cry. Yup, seventeen. Gender and sexuality can't always be shoved into neat little boxes. These are just some of the many identities that exist on these two massive spectrums.

  1. 1 Pansexual

    Miley Cyrus identifies as pansexual (photo: Instragram/ Miley Cyrus)

    Someone capable of being attracted to people of all gender identities and any biological sex. Pansexuals differ from bisexuals, who are attracted to those who identify as male and female. However, some people regard bisexuality as a broader term, and would refer to pansexuality as a form of bisexuality.

  2. 2 Omnisexual

    Another word used to describe pansexuals.

  3. 3 Polysexual

    Polysexuals are attracted to more than one gender identity.

  4. 4 Asexual

    Someone who doesn't experience any sexual attraction. Some asexuals experience sexual arousal and may even masturbate but do not feel the need to engage in sexual activity with other people.

    Being asexual doesn't mean you don't experience other forms of attraction or want to form intimate romantic relationships. Some asexual people may date those of different sexualities, as well as other asexuals. More information here.

  5. 5 Object sexuality

    Erica Eiffel married the Eiffel Tower in a commitment ceremony in 2007 (Image: Married to the Eiffel Tower documentary)

    When a person feels sexual attraction and/or strong feelings of love and commitment to inanimate objects.

  6. 6 Demisexual

    This applies to someone who only experiences sexual attraction to people they have an emotional bond with. More info here.

  7. 7 Queer

    An umbrella term that can refer to anyone who isn't heterosexual or cis-gendered (born with a biological sex that matches their gender identity). Some people may choose not to use this word as it used to be known as a hate speech term (and is sometimes still coined for this purpose).

  8. 8 Intersex

    Intersex people are born with sexual anatomy that does not match the typical definition of either male or female. More information here.

  9. 9 Agender

    Rapper Angel Haze identifies as agender (Image: Instagram/ angxlhxze)

    Agender people either have no gender, or consider themselves gender neutral.

  10. 10 Genderfluid

    Actress Ruby Rose identifies as genderfluid (Image: HBO)

    Being genderfluid means you experience more than one gender identity at different times or in different situations.

  11. 11 Bigender

    Bigender people experience two gender identities, either at the same time or at different times, or in different situations. For example, some bigender people may have a male and a female identity for which they may use two different names and wear different styles of clothing.

  12. 12 Trigender

    Trigender people experience three gender identities.

  13. 13 Genderqueer

    This is an umbrella term that can refer to anyone who does not identify as a male or female.

  14. 14 Non-binary

    Singer Elly Jackson (La Roux) does not identify as male or female (Image: YouTube)

    This is often used interchangeably with the term genderqueer, though there is some debate over whether the terms are identical.

  15. 15 Androsexual

    This can be applied to anyone who has sexual feelings towards males. This term is often used by genderqueer people, whose genders may not have an 'opposite', meaning that 'heterosexual' does not apply.

  16. 16 Gynesexual

    Someone sexually attracted to females.

  17. 17 Skoliosexual

    Someone attracted to non-binary people or those who aren't cis-gendered.

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