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Demisexuality and the need for increased visibility


It’s a familiar story: the casual coming out. A discussion over drinks with friends. The reactions from family when you tell them. Trying to explain to a potential partner that you have a label for how you experience sexual attraction, and how you identify as a result.

But the coming out story for demisexuals tends to fall into a repetitive cycle of trying to explain what ‘demisexuality’ actually means.

For those not in the know, demisexual people are those who only experience sexual attraction towards someone they have an emotional bond with. They can be queer, bisexual, pansexual, and have any romantic or gender orientation.

Many demisexual people may not even realise there’s a word for how they feel. I certainly didn’t,…



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