sexual orientation

Also found in: Medical, Acronyms, Wikipedia.
Related to sexual orientation: Sexual identity

sexual orientation

The direction of a person's sexual interest, as towards people of the opposite sex, the same sex, or both sexes.

sex′ual orienta′tion

one's natural preference for sexual partners of the opposite or same sex.

Sexual Orientation


AC/DC Bisexual; capable of being sexually aroused and satisfied by either sex. This slang term was coined by analogy to an electrical appliance which operates on either alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC). The phrase is often used non-judgment ally and appears to be losing even its slang stigma. Webster’s 6,000 Words (1976) cites R. H. Kuh:

… help the A.C./D.C. youngster to shape his actions in a heterosexual direction.

camp or campy See AFFECTATION.

kinky Perverse, deviant, or aberrant; sexually eccentric or depraved. This term’s sexual sense, derived from kink ‘flaw, abnormality,’ enjoys widespread, contemporary use in the United States. Its antonym is straight.

In a moment of excessively kinky passion a husband strangles his mistress. (Daily Telegraph, July, 1971)

peeping Tom A voyeur; one who achieves sexual gratification through clandestine observation of sexual activity. This expression is named for the 11th-century peeping Tom of Coventry, a tailor who, when he peeked at Lady Godiva as she rode naked through town in protest of increased taxes, was purportedly struck blind. The evolution of the expression’s current voyeuristic application is apparent.

switch hitter A bisexual. This recent American slang expression uses baseball terminology for a player who can bat from either side of the plate.

orientació sexual
Sexuelle Orientierung
orientación sexual
seksuaalinen suuntautuminen
orientation sexuelle
seksualna orijentacija
szexuális irányultság
orientamento sessuale
seksuele geaardheid
orientacja seksualna
orientação sexual
orientare sexualăsexualitate
sexuálna orientácia
spolna usmerjenost
References in periodicals archive ?
Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, sitting en banc, ruled 8-3 discrimination based on sexual orientation is sex discrimination, overturning.
In its complaint, EEOC charged that a gay male employee was subjected to sex discrimination in the form of harassment because of his sexual orientation and then forced to quit his job rather than endure further harassment.
San Antonio passed a similar rule in September 2013 and was followed by Plano, where the city council voted in December 2014 to extend its nondiscrimination policy to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.
KEY WORDS: Sexual orientation, sexual identity, measuring sexual orientation, bisexual, queer, lesbian, gay, collective self-esteem, collective action
In its words and its deed, Windsor established a level of scrutiny for classifications based on sexual orientation that is unquestionably higher than rational basis review.
We are constantly speaking with people we don't know on our phones, and just from this conversation, we might be able to identify personal characteristics about that person, such as their gender, age, race, or sexual orientation," added Tracy.
The heart of Yanev's argumentation is that even though everyone has the right to privately chose his or her orientation, to manifest it in public would be deleterious - "the sexual orientation of individuals who are displaying it in front of diverse public either enters into conflict with the public's morality or diverts the public from their own sexual orientation by corrupting them.
If this observation is correct, then data regarding the possibility and functionality of efforts to change sexual orientation within a religious context presented in a reasoned and thoughtful manner should be a welcome contribution of the discussion of sexual orientation.
Instances of hate crimes based on sexual orientation changed only slightly.
Schwarzenegger earlier this month vetoed Senate Bill 1437, which would have prohibited school instruction, textbooks and activities that ``reflect adversely'' on people based on their sexual orientation or religion.
1993: The Supreme Court of Canada upholds the finding that a "gay" man had not been discriminated against on the basis of "family status" under the Canadian Human Rights Act, as Parliament had not intended that term to include sexual orientation.
The new investigation consists of 944 Canadian men for whom Bogaert verified background information, including sexual orientation and age, number of biological and non-biological siblings, whether siblings occupied the same house as children, and the biological mother's age at the participant's birth.

Full browser ?