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Which gender or genders someone is romantically or emotionally attracted to. Sexual orientation is the tendency to feel sexual desire toward people of certain genders. Many of the terms used are the same or similar to the words used to describe sexual orientation (gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual, queer, aromantic, panromantic, etc.) and apply to romantic orientation as well. Someone’s sexual orientation spectrum is not necessarily the same as their romantic orientation. A person may be physically attracted to or sexually intimate with someone that they are not romantically attracted to or “in love with.” They may also have loving and romantic attractions to people who they are not physically attracted to.

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