Originally Posted by pancake
That's what I always thought too. One was either attracted to the opposite gender, their own gender, or both.
However, I'm learning that there is an additional complication if a person does not identify as a gender, who feels non-binary (another new term I learned today so I could be using it wrong) so the traditional sexual orientations don't really fit comfortably for some of them.
It's a lot more open-ended than we're generally led to believe. People are pushed into paradigms of one or the other that it really doesn't reflect reality. A woman who feels like a sexual encounter with another woman every now and then isn't allowed to identify as straight if she wishes; she's expected to be bisexual even if that's not an accurate term for her. A gay man can't sleep with a woman and be seen as still gay if that's what he feels; to say nothing about straight men sleeping with guys, etc. The label really should be more of a personal thing and societal pressures to conform to one or the other should be ancillary.