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Freedom-seeker

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CHercheur.euse de liberté

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HOMELESS PERSON

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ASYLUM-SEEKER

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Demandeur.euse.s de protection internationale

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REFUGEE

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réfugié.e

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PROFESSIONAL

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PROFESSIONNEL.LE

Sexual and/or romantic orientations

Sexual orientation

It  refers to an enduring pattern of romantic or sexual attraction to persons of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or to more than one gender or sex, or the absence of such sexual attraction. Sexual orientation is fluid, and people use a variety of labels to describe their own.

Romantic orientation

It  refers to an enduring pattern of romantic attraction or the absence of romantic attraction towards people of one or more genders. Romantic orientation is different from sexual orientation. For example, someone can be romantically attracted to one or more genders while being asexual.

Different sexual and/or romantic orientations

Heterosexual = straight

A person sexually or romantically attracted exclusively to people of a gender considered as opposite to their own. Heterosexuality is part of a binary 'male-female' pattern.

Homosexual

A person who is romantically and/or sexually attracted to people of the same gender.

Gay: An adjective used to speak of a homosexual man, a man who is romantically and/or sexually attracted to men. Sometimes it is used to also refer to women who are attracted to other women.

Lesbian: A woman whose enduring romantic, emotional and/or physical attraction is to women. In English, the word “Lesbian” is a noun. In some other languages such as French, “Lesbienne” is an adjective.

Bisexual

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A person who has the capacity for romantic, emotional and/or physical attraction to people of more than one gender. Bisexual+ and Bi+ are sometimes also used as umbrella terms for non-monosexual identities.

More broadly, bisexuality is the act of desiring romantic or sexual relations with people who are of the same gender or with people of other genders. Bisexual people don't have any more tendency for infidelity than others.

Pansexual

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A person who has the capacity for romantic, emotional and/or physical attraction to people of any gender.

The "pan" in pansexuality translates as "everything", pansexual people are therefore attracted, whether sexually or romantically, to people regardless of their gender and gender identity. Whether that person identifies as female, male, trans, genderless or otherwise. For pansexual people, it is about a person's personality and not their physical.

Polysexual

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Unlike someone who is pansexual, someone who identifies as polysexual is attracted to multiple, though not all genders.

Asexual

A person who may experience romantic or emotional attraction, but rarely experiences sexual attraction. Demisexual and greysexual describe people with varying degrees of sexual attraction. Asexual may be used as an umbrella term encompassing demisexual, greysexual and other terms.

Being asexual or "ace" does not always mean that one has no sexual or erotic life. Some people might desire sexual relations for other reasons than sexual attraction (for example for the physical pleasure it procures or the intimacy it can create.) Other people can also feel a physical attraction after they have developed an intimate and strong link with someone: this is referred to as demisexuality.

Aromantic

A person who has little or no romantic attraction for others. While alloromantic (the opposite of aromantic) people have the emotional need or desire to have a romantic relationship with someone, aromantics are often fulfilled with friendly relationships and other non-romantic relationships.

Aromanticism is generally considered as being innate and not as a ‌choice, just as a lack of sexual attraction is innate to asexual people. It is important to note that aromantics are not cold and insensitive people without an affectionate side. They simply do not have the inherent need to establish bonds of a romantic nature.

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