Sexual Orientation: Definition & Facts


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A person's sense of identity, based on an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions to men, women, or both sexes, is called:

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1. A person who has emotional, romantic, or sexual attractions to members of the other sex is labeled:

2. Sexual orientation is usually discussed in terms of:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Sexual orientation is so much more than just being straight or gay. With these useful, interactive materials, we will walk you through the meaning of sexual orientation, the three major orientations, and how it relates to other components of sexuality and gender.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz will teach you about:

  • Factors that shape someone's orientation
  • Homosexuality, bisexuality, and heterosexuality
  • How orientation differs from other categories of sex and gender
  • When orientation is discovered

Skills Practiced

Use these skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about sexual orientation in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding gender and sex and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as homosexuality and heterosexuality

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson on gender and sexuality called Sexual Orientation: Definition & Facts will prepare you to:

  • Identify the three main sexual orientations and differentiate between them
  • Explain how sexual orientation differs from other elements of gender and sex
  • Explain why people come to understand their sexual orientations at different times