5 Queer Identities You’ve Probably Never Heard of

LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning. However, there are so many other identities in addition to those in the acronym.

As college students, we are still young and finding ourselves, and these identities really give you a lot of freedom to do that. It’s nice to be able to understand how others identify and you may find it interesting. It will also probably make you appreciate the diversity of the world around you.

Even if it’s not how you identify, here’s 5 queer identities that you may have never heard of.

1. Asexuality

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An asexual is someone who experiences little or no sexual attraction towards other people. But note there is a difference between romantic and sexual attraction. So please don’t go around saying asexuality means you hate everyone or something like that.

Asexuals may or may not experience romantic, emotional, or physical attraction to other people. On the opposite end, aromantic individuals experience little or no romantic attractions, but rather more emotional attractions.

2. Biromantic

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A biromantic is a person who is romantically attracted to both sexes or genders, but not necessarily sexually attracted to both sexes and/or genders. For this reason, a person can identify as same-gender loving in sexual attraction and be biromantic in romantic attraction. This is what I mean when I say there is so much freedom in your own identity.

3. Bear

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A bear is a gay or bisexual man who has facial/body hair and a cuddly body. There is a whole Bear Community of other awesome identities such as cub, goldilocks, muscle bear, and nair bear. They even have their own vocabulary like “woof” to express attraction and “grrr” to say thank you! Men who identify as bears are usually attracted to other bears, which make up its community.

4. Demisexuality

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A demisexual is an individual who does not experience sexual attraction unless they have a strong emotional connection, such as a romantic relationship or deep friendship. This makes a lot of sense, but sometimes you only needs a friendship to be romantically attracted. However, demisexuals need that bond to feel a sexual attraction. Demisexuality is NOT a choice, it is an innate orientation.

5. Pansexual

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Pansexuality may be one that you heard before, but I feel like there is a lot of confusion with this sexuality. Basically, the short and sweet explanation is when people say “I like people.” A pansexual is a person who is emotionally, romantically, sexually, affectionately, or relationally attracted to people regardless of their gender identity or biological sex.

You may have seen my last article on the different genders. A pansexual is a person who does not dislike any of these genders. It is kind of a rejection of the gender binary by expressing an attraction for those beyond it. Pansexuals are not attracted to EVERYONE, they just don’t discriminate against gender identity or sex.

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This is only five of the many, many different queer identities in addition to those in the LGBTQ acronym. And there’s always more being added. I hope I’ve helped you recognize the diversity of those around you and you can realize no one should be discriminated or insulted for how they identify. Remember to embrace who you are and let others around you do the same.

Originally posted on uloop.com.

 

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