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Which gender or genders someone is sexually or physically attracted to. For example: gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, heterosexual, asexual, etc. For many people, gender or sex have a big impact on how sexually attractive they find someone, but this doesn’t mean that people who are attracted to a particular gender are attracted to all people of that gender or always unattracted to people of other genders. People do not need to have had any sexual experiences to know their own sexual orientation. A person’s sexual orientation may change during the course of their lifetime. Many people choose to label their sexual orientation, while others do not. What someone looks for in a sexual partner is not always the same as what they look for in a romantic partner, including gender. See also: Romantic Orientation.

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