Please note that this glossary is intended to be descriptive, not prescriptive. It only covers a limited segment and does not reflect all possible usages of the listed terms.
Ace: An abbreviation for asexual.
Acephobia: Discrimination or prejudice against people within the asexual spectrum.
Aesthetic attraction: Appreciating the appearance of an individual. Aesthetic attraction is not
necessarily linked to romantic or sexual interest.
Alloromantic: A term describing people who experience romantic attraction towards others.
Amatonormativity: The cultural force that treats romantic relationships as intrinsically superior
than other human relations.
Antiromantic: Ideologically opposed to romanticism.
Antisexual: Ideologically opposed to sex.
Aro: An abbreviation for aromantic.
Aromanticism: A term describing people who don't experience romantic attraction to others.
Asexuality: A term describing people who don't experience sexual attraction to others.
Celibacy: The lifestyle choice to not participate in sex, regardless of one's sexual orientation.
Erasure: A lack of visibility of a group in media and culture affecting all members of a
marginalized sexual or romantic orientation.
Heteronormativity: The cultural force that expects all people to be heteroromantic and hetero-
Platonic attraction: The desire for friendship or other non-romantic relationships with another
Romantic attraction: The set of feelings that causes people to desire a romantic relationship with
a specific other person.
Romantic orientation: Referring to the group of people/genders a person can become romantical-
ly attracted to.
Sexual orientation: Referring to the group of people/genders a person can become sexually attrac-