Homo and Hetero Identities

Homosexuality and homoromanticism uses the Greek prefix ” homós” meaning “same,” describing attraction to the same gender that someone identifies as. This is often colloquially referred to as gay, though that may also be used to exclusively refer to men attracted toward other men. Likewise, lesbian would describe a woman attracted to other women.

Conversely, the Greek prefix “héteros” means “other” or “different” in reference to heterosexuality or heteroromanticism. For these individuals, they are attracted to a gender they do not identify as, and are also known as straight.


It is important to note that the identity is linked to the gender someone identifies as. For more information about gender, please visit our page introducing transgender identities.