Sexual orientation is the term for an individual’s main romantic, emotional, physical and sometimes spiritual bond to members of the same and/or opposite sex. Some of the most well-known types of sexual orientation include homosexual (gay or lesbian), heterosexual (straight) and bisexual. If a person is not open with his or her sexual orientation, that individual is what’s known as â€œcloseted.â€ It’s important to note the difference between gender and sex when touching on sexual orientation. Sex refers to a person’s biology and sex organs while gender refers to cultural or societal characteristics deemed either masculine or feminine. Simply because a man displays â€œfeminineâ€ gender qualities does not mean he is gay, and the same applies to women who display â€œmasculineâ€ qualities.
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