We continue SPANNING THE SPECTRUM of sexual identity in our community as first-time guest Adam opens up about being cross-oriented: physically and sexually attracted to men, and romantically and emotionally attracted to women. He also describes this orientation as “heteroromantic homosexual.” We dive into the nuance of his unique orientation: why Adam doesn’t identify as bisexual, and why Adam steers away from any association of “identity” to describe his orientation. We close the episode with the struggles and joys of being cross-oriented: how Adam sometimes wonders where he belongs (even within YOB as he shares an uncomfortable experience from his first retreat), and how Adam can empathize with many types of people (serving him well as an Enneagram Two).


Do you resonate with being cross-oriented? How have you pieced together your sexuality in this journey of self-discovery?

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