Medical News Today: Demisexuality: What to know

Several other sexual identities share similarities with demisexuality, but there are some key differences.


A person who identifies as asexual feels no sexual connection with any other people and has no desire to have sex. The asexual spectrum, according to the Demisexual Resource Center, has asexuality at one end and nonasexuality at the other.

Demisexuality falls somewhere in the middle of this spectrum because a demisexual person will feel very little sexual attraction toward others. However, the key difference is that demisexual people can feel sexual attraction and a desire to have sex once they have developed an emotional bond with another person.

You can read more about asexuality here.


Gray-a or gray asexuality, like demisexuality, is on the asexual spectrum. Unlike demisexuality, though, a person who identifies as gray-a experiences infrequent or less intense sexual attraction or desire to engage in sexual activities.

According to GLAAD, an organization that work to promote transgender acceptance and rights, a person who is gray-a may feel sexual attraction due to any number of different circumstances.

People who identify as gray-a may:

  • experience sexual attraction infrequently, but it does occur sometimes
  • experience sexual attraction but have a low sex drive
  • have specific reasons why they feel attracted to and enjoy sex with others

While gray-asexual and demisexual people both experience sexual attraction infrequently, the key difference here is that gray-asexual people do not necessarily require an emotional bond to feel sexual attraction.

Gray-a is a very inclusive sexual orientation, meaning that there are a lot of ways in which a person could identify themselves as gray-a. According to the Demisexual Resource Center, a person can define gray-a however they choose.


Demisexuality is also similar to sapiosexuality in some ways. The main similarity is that a person who identifies as sapio has a limited number of people to whom they may be attracted, as does a demisexual person.

The major difference, however, is that a person who identifies as sapiosexual is attracted to intelligence or the mind of the other person. Here, the emotional bond is not the crucial factor.

The authors of a recent study that investigated whether IQ specifically was the most attractive trait for sapiosexuals concluded that it was not the most important factor. According to the findings of this study, subjective intelligence seemed to be more important than objective intelligence, which is what an IQ test measures.


A person who identifies as pansexual can be sexually attracted to anyone, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, or sexual identity.

The level of attraction that they feel toward people of different gender identities may vary. In other words, a person who identifies as pansexual may be more physically interested in females but still find that they are sexually attracted to some males, as well.

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