Disexual - What is it? What does it mean?

Last Updated: 02/10/2022
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Disexual typically refers to a person who is attracted to exactly two genders. The term may sometimes be spelled as Dyosexual. It describes an attraction to exactly two genders either binary or non-binary.

Disexuality is somewhat similar to bisexuality but disexuals can only develop feelings for two sexes whereas bisexuals like two or more genders.


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Terminology

According to Urban Dictionary, the term means someone who is attracted to exclusively two sexes. The term has a Greek root Di which means two. 

History

The term has its origins online. The word Dyosexual first appeared in December 2018. The word was coined on the LGBTA Wiki server in 2020. 

Flag and Symbols

There are several versions of the flag online. The current flag has no specific meaning.

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Pronouns

Disexuals  can be cisgender, transgender, non-binary, and agender people. They can use pronouns like he/him, she/her, they/them, or neopronouns. 

Please never assume someone’s gender based on their orientation or expression. Share your pronouns in written and oral communication. Some people may prefer to never use pronouns and ask to use their names instead. 

How to Know if You’re Disexual? 

If you feel the term describes you much better than other labels then go ahead and claim it. You are the only one that can determine what terminology to use. Here are a few questions to help you decide whether it is the right word for you. 

  • Do I only like people of a specific gender? 
  • Are there only two genders that I find attractive? 
  • Do other labels like bisexual or multisexual apply to my sexuality? 
  • How do I feel about the term? 

If the term feels like a good label for you at the time then great! Your sexuality is valid. Remember that it is fluid and may change over time.

How to Support Disexual People? 

If you would like to show your support then start by doing some of the following: 

  • Join LGBTQ organizations
  • Research and learn more about the terminology
  • Educate yourself and others 
  • Be an active listener and an ally

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