For the final Tuesday Terms of this pride month, let’s take a look at the asexual and aromantic spectrums.
Asexual – Asexual (Ace) is a sexual orientation defined by the lack of sexual attraction. Asexuality is an orientation, not a choice. This is NOT celibacy or “waiting” to have sex for any “moral” reasons. it’s LGBTQIA+ — the A is a part of it! Some Asexual people do, in fact, have sex, and this can be for a variety of reasons.
Demisexual – A sexual orientation on the ace spectrum. Demisexuals tend not to experience sexual attraction until they’ve formed a deep emotional connection with someone.
Greysexual – Greysexuals, or grey-aces, experience infrequent sexual attraction, oftentimes only in specific circumstances. Greysexual people consider themselves to be somewhere in the middle between asexual and allosexual.
Aromantic (Aro) – A romantic orientation defined by a lack of romantic attraction. Aromantic people tend not to have an ingrained desire for romantic relationships. Aromantic folks do form other platonic and non-romantic relationships and friendships.
Demiromantic – A romantic orientation on the aromantic spectrum in which the person doesn’t experience romantic attraction until a deep emotional connection is formed.
Greyromantic – Greyromantics may experience romantic attraction infrequently or weakly, or in specific circumstances. This romantic orientation is both an umbrella term for anyone on the aro-spectrum who isn’t wholely aromantic; it can also be used as a specific identity.
Aceflux – A sexual orientation on the Asexual spectrum. A person’s orientation may largely remain on the Ace spectrum but fluctuate between Ace, Greysexual, and Demisexual. Some aceflux people may even feel they are allosexual sometimes.
Aroflux – Aroflux is both an umbrella term and a romantic orientation. Arofluxes may fluctuate (demiromantic, greyromantic, etc), but tend to be somewhere on the aro spectrum.
AroAce- Aromantic Asexual. This term refers to a person who is on both the aromantic and asexual spectrums. Some aroaces may experience other forms of Attraction, like queerplatonic, sensual attraction, etc.