The LGBTQ acronym is looking awfully crowded these days. 2017 saw a major uptick in creative new sexual identities. Just when we thought we had heard about them all, a new one seemed to emerge.
From “mostly straight” men who are only “5 to 10% attracted to other men” to people who are sexually attracted to the Earth, here are some of the most popular, most unusual, most creative sexual identities to come out in 2017…
G0ys (spelled with a zero, not an “o”) are a growing class of homosexual men who shun effeminate behavior because they think it’s “cowardly” and who refuse to engage in anal sex because they think it’s a “violent act” that represents “the ultimate form of sexual disrespect.”
Related: Let’s talk about ‘g0ys,’ gay men who are so opposed to anal sex that they’ve created a little club
According to the website g0ys.org, which labels itself “Ground ZER0 in the ‘UNgay’ Paradigm Shift!”, anal sex is “injurious to the physical structures in the recipient” and akin to a “nuclear weapons program” as it creates a “conduit for disease that is some +5000% more contagious than oral sex.”
Similar to g0ys, but less rigid when it comes to anal stimulation, androphiles are men who are sexually attracted to other men but who shun the labels “gay” or “homosexual.”
“I think ‘homosexual’ is a bit clinical, and lots of people use it negatively,” Nicolas Chinardet told the BBC earlier this year. “‘Gay’ has a certain lifestyle attached to it, which I don’t recognize myself in.”
Related: Don’t call me gay, I’m an androphile: The latest sexual subculture to add to your vocabulary
Urban Dictionary defines androphilia simply as “the attraction to men or masculinity.”
“It’s a polite, nonspecific way to ask what a certain person is attracted to. An androphilic man is homosexual, while an androphilic woman is heterosexual.”
Ecosexuality is term used to describe people who are sexually attracted to the Earth. According to Amanda Morgan from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, ecosexuality covers a wide spectrum of sexual behaviors, from skinny dipping or hiking in the nude to “people who roll around in the dirt having an orgasm covered in potting soil.”
Related: Ecosexuals love the Earth so much they literally want to have sex with it
“There are people who f*ck trees, or masturbate under a waterfall,” Morgan elaborates.
Though the term first appeared in the early 2000s,there’s been a sizable uptick in the number of people identifying as ecosexuals in the past year or so. In fact, Google search data that shows interest in the term has spiked dramatically since 2016.
In his recent book Mostly Straight: Sexual Fluidity Among Gay Men, Ritch C. Savin-Williams argues that “mostly straight” should be its own sexual orientation independent of bisexuality or homosexuality.
“The mostly straight man belongs to a growing trend of young men who are secure in their heterosexuality yet remain aware of their potential to experience far more,” Savin-Williams told Time in an interview this year.
Related: An intimate look at the private lives of “mostly straight” men
He added: “He may retreat from a full identification with heterosexuality, but rarely does he gravitate toward bisexuality, and almost never does he move toward homosexuality of any sort.”
Savin-Williams added that same-sex attraction only makes up about “5% to 10% of [a mostly straight man’s] sexual and romantic feelings.” The remaining 90-95% is devoted to the opposite sex. Hence, he’s mostly straight.
Urban Dictionary defines an “aromantic” as someone who “does not experience romantic attraction.” It also clarifies that “a person who is aromantic does not have to be asexual … They might still experience sensual and aesthetic attraction.”
Related: Aromantics say they aren’t cold and heartless, they’re just not that into you (or anyone)
In other words: You can be aromantic and sexually attracted to people, you just don’t gets butterflies over anyone; sex is for pleasure and nothing else.
Several aromantic online groups have sprouted up over the past year or so, including a Facebook group called Aromantic Non-Asexuals, which currently has over 150 members from all across the country, Happily Aromantic, which has almost 500 members, and Aromantic Talk, which has over 1600 members.
Digisexuals are people who prefer watching virtual reality porn and having sex with sex robots over having sex with actual people.
As robot sex dolls become more sophisticated (the world’s first brothel staffed entirely by robots just opened in Barcelona this year), more and more digisexuals are coming out of the woodwork, the Sun reports.
Researchers Neil McArthur and Markie Twist of the University of Manitoba say psychotherapists should be prepare themselves for an uptick in clients “participating in digisexualities.”
“People will form an intense connection with their robot companions,” they say. “Significant numbers of people will likely come to use robots as their primary mode of sexual experience.”
A bunch of made up nonsense.
You would know, it is what you specialize in – made up nonsense.
agree! let’s just have two: c*cksucker or not! Keep it simple.
Except for androphilia and its opposite, gynophilia, which are useful scientific terms for attraction to males and females.
It makes much more sense to use these terms, for instance, in regard to transgenders than imagining they are switching sexual orientation at transition when they are actually staying the same.
Aromantic….I’m glad we have another name to call gay men in their 20s.
This is really embarrassing. How much do your parents have to screw you up for you to decide later in life that you’re an ecosexual or a digisexual? I would laugh in someone’s face if they ever told me something like that.
The G0ys sound as bad as right wing, anti-gay sites that claim that gay men are vectors of disease and suffer from anal incontinence.
Are they a real group of gay men that have decided to adopt the anti-gay talking points and false beliefs about gay sex that the right wing has spewed for decades?
I have three points for them…
1. Condoms are a proven way to prevent disease when used for anal and vaginal sex.
2. Penetrative vaginal sex is no less violent than anal. It really depends on how violent the penetrator is.
3. Oral herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, hpv, are very real oral infections.
That G0Y thing isn’t a new thing… I’ve heard of the expression a long time ago.. Gay men who reject mainstream gay culture, and femininity have been labeled that, because everyone has to label everyone it seems.
These guys basically view and treat male/male relationships quite like men, especially mostly warriors did in the ancient world. It is also no surprise that most of the men who go at it this way, tend to be military, or athletes (particularly fighters).
These men aren’t ashamed of being gay, they just don’t feel the need to broadcast it to the world, as they don’t view their sexuality as important, or for the most part anyone’s business… Though if a situation comes up, like I remember one guy telling me how his rugby team were going to a strip club after winning, he didn’t have any interest.. He was asked if he was gay, and he said yes. They were shocked, because they didn’t suspect it due to views (ignorant of course) of what they believe a gay man to be, he didn’t fit them… This is the fault of mainstream gay culture I will say.
He said there was some fear in telling them the truth, because men like this don’t seek out “strong females” (more like vapid and annoying) as role models, and such behave like them in many cases.. They from young age seek out strong male role models, and admire masculinity, strength, and honor.. They are quite into that, again mostly ones who have or are in military, and are athletes primarily fighters.
Because of this, these men have a confidence and strength about them I don’t often see in most gay males.. The fear he said came in the fact that if these guys had a problem with his sexuality, he’d loose the brotherhood bond he formed with these guys.. He viewed them as his brothers, and felt no sort of sexual attraction to them because of that.. They were shocked and curious about this, and of course because of him, changed their views of homosexuality… They have more respect for him now, and I thought that was cool.
They are rare to find on gay apps, and aren’t big on random hookups. They want a bond with the man they are getting intimate with.. This is a huge part of what makes the sex they have extremely awesome (I’ve tried it, and damn is it awesome!). The man on top, is rubbing his penis against the other man, or between his thighs. While the rubbing is going on, they are usually embraced and kissing. The man who did this with me (who I am with now) was kissing and even sucking on my neck.. This was the greatest sex I’ve ever had in my life! Not only did it feel beyond great physically, but emotionally too, and it always seems to be even better after some minor or especially great accomplishment, of his- like he was sharing that with me too while we were doing it.
Anal sex is rejected, because in the old world it was never seen nor treated as a sexual act between two men who loved and respected each other. Anal sex on a male was basically viewed as humiliation, a defeated man. Another one (in some cultures), was eating the defeated man, with the humiliation behind it, knowing you’ll be turned into shit lol. The man who is penetrated is seen as being defeated twice. He submits to the other man in combat, submitting to his skills of course, now he’s going to submit again, but to the man’s penis. He’s also viewed as being treated like a slave boy, a temple prostitute, or a female.. Its all very feminizing, and humiliating to them, a lot of these guys have even done anal sex in the past, and absolutely do not like it, and will never do it again.. Its quite sad modern day gay culture views anal sex as “the way gay men are supposed to have sex”.
They don’t hate women, but don’t like the feminizing of western culture.. Which I can agree with, the western world is quite feminized, especially Europe. One of the other things I also find quite interesting with these guys, is that you don’t find the racism you’ll often find within mainstream gay culture, or the whole “top and bottom” rubbish. I personally have nothing against anyone into anal, but I can see why they aren’t into it.
I graduated from dry humping and sexual hang ups and baggage when I was a teen. Maybe these G0ys will learn to do the same someday.
This garbage all started with letting the T force it’s way in during the 90’s and gay rights has been weakened every since. Stop associated all this nonsense with us.
It started even earlier, when man-hating feminists co-opted the movement and insisted GLB become LGB.
Why do people have to put a label on everything? God this is so lame lol.
Just when the gay community was getting some respect in the civilised world this shit pops up to ride out coat tails and drag us back down.
@Redmage … I found your post more interesting than the actual article!!! You were clear, thoughtful, intelligent, inspiring and insightful!!! They should hire you to write for Queerty!!!
#Redmage You must be new here. At Queerty, you can NOT criticize any aspect of modern gay culture or gay men’s sexual practices or you are a self-loathing homosexual and alt-right Trump-supporting white supremacist.
so true sam…so true. We should start calling those birds out by name…Like DCGurl and ChrissyK and I see there’s a new (old) one on here BuanJo.
#Redmage PS How do G0Ys discover and connect with each other if they don’t use apps? Um, asking for a friend.
Did I miss the invitation to the townhall meeting when all of these acronyms were added??
Also – digisexual? Seriously now? Would my fleshlight be considered a robot?
This is just a bunch of whiny, attention-seekers who want everyone to believe they are somehow “special” or different than everyone else. I’ve met several guys in my life who are very masculine, don’t like anything feminine, and hate the though of anal sex….and personally I just tell them to have a good life. I never thought to put them into a special category or label…to me they are just gay guys with a particular personality and sexual preference. In other words, this is all just the typical schlock we expect from Queerty.
I have asked myself for many years: What makes me happy? and the answer … changes, transforms like the world. Sexuality is a universe of colors, fragrances, forms, and the most important thing is to respect myself in this universe and never stop doing it, no matter who gets in the way.
g0ys have been around for 20 years now and “androphiles” have been known by two other names for basically ever…..one is GAY MAN and the other is STRAIGHT WOMAN.
“You are unique and special…..
just like everyone else.”
I like Androphile. Lots of gay men do not want to be lumped in with drag queens pnp queens silly queens, actually queens altogether.
That really a distortion of what the word actually means – sexual attraction to males.
I’m not into anal but I don’t feel the need to assign myself a special label just for that particular reason.
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