This Is What It Means To Be Aromantic, Demiromantic And Queerplatonic

A Look At Aromantic, Queerplatonic And Other Orientations You Might Not Have Heard Of

It started as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and later grew into LGBTQIA (adding in queer, intersex and asexual). But it may become even more inclusive as advocates push for the addition of three new labels: aromantic, demiromantic and queerplatonic.

But what exactly do those terms mean? HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd found out on Monday when she spoke with several panelists who use them to describe their own sexuality.

One of them was Victoria Allen, a queerplatonic woman, who shed some light on the nature of her unconventional relationship.

"I have a queerplatonic partner, which is more intense than a normal best friend relationship, and it's almost like a romantic relationship but without any of the romantic attraction or any of the things that are usually considered romantic," Allen said. "It's just quite intense platonic feelings involved."

Stormy O'Brink, an LGBTQIA activist who identifies as asexual, said romance is not a factor "in any way, shape or form" for her and her partner, who identifies as lithromatic, which denotes a person who feels attraction toward another but does not desire reciprocation.

"I think the most romantic we got was last night, watching 'Thelma And Louise' for the first time," O'Brink said. "That's how we like it. That's just how this relationship works."

Watch the video above to learn more about these subsets of the queer community.

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