Homosexuality and bisexuality
Definitions & interpretations
of the term "sexual orientation"
About "sexual orientation:"
The term "sexual orientation" is embraced by some groups, and rejected by
It is interpreted in terms of feelings of "emotional, romantic, sexual, or affectional
attraction" 1 by some groups, and in
terms of actual sexual behavior by others.
Many religious and social conservatives prefer the term "sexual preference." This term would seem to imply that a people with a homosexual orientation are attracted to both males and females, but prefer one over the other. That is, nobody exists with a homosexual orientation; all who claim to be such are really bisexuals.
Groups cannot even agree on the number of actual sexual orientations that exist:
||Some religious and social conservatives imply that there are two;
||Some conservatives list as many as 30.
||The majority of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGBT),
sexologists, religious liberals, therapists, legislators etc. have reached a
consensus that there are three: heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality. However, some add a fourth: asexuality -- lack of sexual attraction.
Confusion reigns. Discussion, debate and dialogue is essentially impossible.
Topics discussed in this section:
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"Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality," APA Help Center, at:
Copyright © 2007 to 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Original posting: 2007-JUN-05
Latest update: 2015-DEC-19
Author: B.A. Robinson