What Does It Mean To Be Biromantic?
Biological Gender: Biological gender refers to one’s biological sexual characteristics, which are usually associated with their assigned gender at birth. For example, a person may have female or male physical features but identify themselves as being of another gender. A person could also have both male and female physical features and still identify themselves as belonging to the opposite gender.
Gender Identity: Gender identity refers to a person’s internal sense of self, which is often different from their outward appearance. Some people experience discomfort when they do not conform to society’s expectations of how men and women should look like, act like, think about or feel. Others consider themselves neither masculine nor feminine and prefer the term “genderqueer.” Many people identify as gender nonconforming, meaning they don’t fit into traditional notions of masculinity and femininity.
Gender Expression: Gender expression refers to a person’s external behavior, clothing style, hair color, body type or other aspects of their presentation that are typically associated with their assigned gender at birth. For example, a man might wear dresses or makeup while a woman might present herself in ways traditionally associated with men. People sometimes express themselves through art or music rather than through words.
Asexuality: Asexuality refers to people who experience little or no sexual attraction to others. It is not a form of depression, repression or death; it is commonly referred to as “ace”. Asexual people often experience low levels of romantic attraction and may identify as aromantic, meaning they do not experience romantic attraction.
Still, some asexual people have active dating lives and engage in sexual activity out of curiosity, pleasure, on special occasions or with a long-term partner.
Demisexuality: Demisexual people experience sexual attraction only after a close relationship develops. Unlike asexual people, demisexuals do experience sexual feelings, but they can only experience them after becoming comfortable with someone. A long-term friendship may be necessary to develop trust and ease before a demisexual person feels comfortable enough to behave in a sexual manner.
Pansexuality: Pansexual people experience sexual attraction to and are involved in relationships with people of any gender. Some pansexual people believe that sexuality is a scale– that not only are the traditional labels of “gay” and “straight” invalid but so is the concept of only being attracted to either men or women. These people may identify as being attracted to individuals rather than genders, and they may still use labels such as “monogamous” or “polyamorous.” For example, a pansexual person may be just as fulfilled and happy in a relationship with a person who transitions between genders (genderfluid) as they would be in a relationship with a man or a woman.
Queer: Queer is an umbrella term that people use to describe themselves when they don’t conform to society’s expectations of gender and sexuality. Queer can refer to a broad sexual orientation, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, inters and asexual people. It is also sometimes used as an inclusive term for anyone who does not identify as heterosexual or cisgender.
While some use the word to express a general state of being “awkward” or “different,” it is also a political statement that challenges traditional concepts of gender and sexuality. It is sometimes treated as a slur but can also be used in a positive way as a term of self-identification.
Coming Out: This term describes the process of revealing your sexual orientation or gender identity to others. It is a personal and often difficult choice for everyone. People may choose to come out to some people in their lives but not others, or they may choose to never come out at all.
There is no right or wrong way to come out; it is up to you when, if ever, you want to tell people in your life about your sexual orientation or gender identity. It is important to remember that you do not have to come out if you are not ready or comfortable doing so.
Gender: Gender refers to the characteristics and traits that cultures associate with men and women. These expectations can include such things as behaviors, clothing, occupations, appearance, etc. While some cultures have two genders (male and female), others have more, some have few and others have just a matter of personal identity.
When describing or addressing people, it is common in Western culture to distinguish between males and females. In this sense, gender can be thought of as the socialized characteristics expected of males and females in a society.
Transgender: Transgender is an umbrella term for people who transcend—or go beyond—society’s rules and definitions of gender.
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