“…while finding true love was one of the most splendid things that could happen to you in life, finding a friend was equally splendid.”-Feliz Palma
Homoromantic is a term that falls under the aromantic umbrella. It is a combination of the prefix homo-, meaning “same”, and romantic. As such, it refers to people that feel romantic attraction towards the same gender as them.
Breaking The Attraction Binary
Terms like homoromantic can be seen as breaking the gay/straight binary. Millennials are rejecting the old tropes and throwing constricting labels to the curb by stacking multiple orientations and identities together. An example could be an identity such as a bisexual homoromantic, which would mean this person can be sexually attracted to more than one gender, but experiences romantic attraction only to someone of their own gender.
Sexuality & Romance
Though the mainstream doesn’t often register romance as being mutually exclusive from sex, homoromantic identities are proof that it can be. Everyone knows you can have sex without romance, be it with a one night stand from Tinder, or like in the common trope of friends with benefits. Homoromantic people can enjoy a romantic relationship with someone of their own gender without sexual feelings necessarily getting in the way. The ace and aro spectrums show us that who we are sexually attracted to (if anyone at all) doesn’t have anything to do with who we are or aren’t romantically attracted to.