Homosexual

Homosexual

Refers to a person who experiences sexual attraction towards a person of the same sex or gender. Keep in mind that this is often used in a scientific or medical context, and some people who are homosexual strongly prefer to be referred to as ‘gay’, ‘lesbian’, ‘queer’ or a similar, accurate term. This is because of the history around the word ‘homosexual’, in that it was often used as a term to other or single out LGBTQ+ people. As always, if you’re unsure it’s best to either check with someone how they prefer to be referred as or simply not assume or ask if it’s not appropriate.

In general, this term describes someone who experiences both romantic and sexual attraction to someone of the same sex, but technically it specifically relates to sexual attraction. See ‘homoromantic’ for more info.

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