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Sexuality & Gender Identity

Many of us question our sexuality or gender at some point in our lives. Only you can decide what your sexuality or gender identity is. However, this can be a confusing and isolating process, especially if those around you don’t understand. 

Sexuality

Sexuality and sexual orientation is about who you are physically and emotionally attracted to. Everyone has a sexual orientation – lesbian, straight, bisexual, gay or one of many other types. And this might change over time.

Some people know when they’re very young who they fancy. For other people, it’s not so simple. And it can take a while to work out.

People whose sexuality is something other than straight are often called LGB (short for lesbian, gay or bisexual) or LGBTQ+’ – the ‘T’ stands for transgender (a gender identity rather than an orientation). But there are many more different kinds of sexualities – asexual, queer, demisexual, pansexual.. to name but a few.

It might take some time to work out what your sexual orientation is. Remember there’s no such thing as normal. And you don’t have to feel pressured or rushed to give yourself a label.

What is trans?

Trans is an umbrella term. It includes trans, non-binary, agender, queer and gender-fluid people as well as anyone else who is in any way gender variant or gender non-conforming. 

It’s important to understand that gender identity can be different to our sex.  Sex is male, female, and intersex, and has to do with your anatomy. Gender identity is about how you feel about your gender. This might be a man, woman, boy, girl, androgynous (gender-neutral), and has to do with your internal sense of self and how you express yourself.

 

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