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Andrew Cuomo's daughter says she's demisexual. Here's what that means.

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  • Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's daughter, came out as demisexual.
  • People who are demisexual emphasize the need for emotional connection before sexual attraction.
  • Demisexual identity can also overlap with other sexualities.
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Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo, daughter of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, came out as demisexual during an Instagram Live with the author Donato Tramuto over the weekend.

The 23-year-old, who came out as queer at the beginning of Pride month, further expanded on what her sexual orientation means to her and her coming-out journey.

"When I was in elementary school, I feared that I was lesbian," she told Tramuto. "When I was in middle school, I came out to my family and close friends as bisexual. When I was in high school, I discovered pansexuality and thought, 'That's the flag for me.'"


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People who identify as pansexual can be attracted to people of all genders or are just attracted to people regardless of gender. During the Instagram Live, Kennedy-Cuomo said she felt demisexual was a better fit for her after doing more research.

Demisexual people fall on the spectrum of asexuality, a lack of sexual attraction. Bustle previously reported that people who are demisexual tend to need a close, emotional, or intellectual bond with someone before feeling sexual attraction.

People who are "demi" can also identify as many other sexualities, including straight, bisexual, or queer.

"I've recently learned more about demisexuality and have believed that that identity resonates with me most," Kennedy-Cuomo said.

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