A person who has no sexual feelings or desires is referred to as asexual. It is generally defined as a lack of sexual attractionand absolutely no interest or desire for sexual activity. Asexuality encompasses a broad definition when it comes to physical and emotional behaviour. While asexual people typically do display a lack of sexual desire, some might engage and maintain purely romantic relationships. Asexuals identify as heterosexual and also as a part of the LGBTQ community, however, the relationships they pursue are romantic in nature.
Individuals who are attracted to others irrespective of biological sex, gender, or gender identity identify as Pansexuals. Pansexual people often refer to themselves as gender blind, implying that sexual orientation and gender does not affect their romantic pursuits. Although it is easily confused with Bisexuality, Pansexuality embraces attraction towards individuals who are intersex and those outside the gender binary.
Grey A is the area between asexuality and sexuality, in which a person may only experience sexual attraction on occasion. Grey A stems from the fact that sexuality is not black or white, but rather a grey area. Grey A covers people who experience sexual attraction at a low frequency, people who experience sexual attraction but have a low drive and people who experience sexual attraction but don’t want to act upon them.
Demisexual is a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form a strong emotional bond. Demisexuals are often referred to as half way in between of sexually active and asexual individuals. This, however, does not imply that these individuals’ sexuality is complete; neither does it imply that sexual attraction without an emotional connection is required for a complete sexuality. Demisexual, like Grey A, is not restricted to hetero and homosexuality, covering other sexual identity and orientations as well.
An individual who has trouble responding to others sexually, but is stimulated by their own touch is referred to as Autosexual. These individuals are usually turned on by the sight of their own body, making themselves their own stimuli. In certain situations, autosexuals are attracted and aroused by others, however, they only respond to their touch.
Individuals who identify as mostly heterosexual but do engage in minimal homosexual activity are known as Heteroflexible. While Bisexual refers to attraction to both, males and females, Heteroflexibility are people who refer to themselves as ‘mostly straight’.
Similar to Heteroflexible, Homoflexible are those individuals who identify as homosexual, but do engage in minimal heterosexual activity.
What sets questioning apart from the rest, is the fact that the term covers three aspects – questioning one’s gender, sexual identity and/or sexual orientation. The term is used for all three categories, because as opposed to defining one subject, questioning is a state where an individual is still in process of exploring and understanding who they truly are.