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.
Groups cannot even agree on the number of actual sexual orientations:
|Some religious and social conservatives imply that there are two;|
|Some conservatives list as many as 30. |
|The vast 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.|
Confusion reigns. Discussion, debate and dialogue is essentially impossible.
Topics discussed in this section:
The following information source was used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.
- "Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality," APA Help Center, at:
Copyright © 2007 to 2009 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Original posting: 2007-JUN-05
Latest update: 2009-JUN-30
Author: B.A. Robinson