The term sexual minorities refers to a population of individuals whose sexual orientation is different from the heterosexual orientation shared by the majority of society and who therefore have unique needs in therapeutic settings. Sexual orientation broadly refers to one’s feelings, identity, and practices of sexual arousal, sexual desire and/or romantic desire toward another person or persons. These feelings may be based on gender, appearance, or personality traits, among other attributes. Types of sexual orientations within the sexual minority umbrella include, but are not limited to asexual, bisexual, gay, lesbian, pansexual, queer, and questioning. This entry describes these orientations and discusses the concept of sexual minorities.

Asexuality is the term applied to individuals who generally do not experience sexual attraction. This innate lack of sexual desire ...

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