Sexual orientation can describe a person's pattern of sexual attraction, in some cases, or in other cases, a broader array of sexual, emotional, and romantic feelings. The narrower usage of sexual orientation (more strictly related to sexuality) is more commonly used in the ace & aro communities, usually in order to distinguish it from other kinds, such as romantic orientation.
Sexual orientation labels include but are not limited to:
- Heterosexuality - toward the opposite gender
- Homosexuality - toward the same gender
- Bisexuality - to two or more genders
- Pansexuality - to people of all genders
- Asexuality - to no one
Many of the labels above are somewhat inadequate for genderqueer individuals, since they rely on the person they describe to be a specific gender. However it is not uncommon for a genderqueer person to use some of the above, such as asexuality or pansexuality. For those who don't feel that any of the above fit them, the following orientations were developed: