Sexuality and Gender
What is sexuality?
Sexuality and sexual orientation is about who you are physically and emotionally attracted to. People whose sexuality is something other than straight are often called LGB (short for lesbian, gay or bisexual).
Different words are used to describe sexual preferences (also known as ‘sexual orientation’), and you may have heard people described as straight, gay or bi.
Some people like using these labels because it can be a way of connecting with other people who feel like them, but some people do not like to define themselves in this way.
You may not know which of these you are, or may not feel that you fit neatly under one label.
How you describe your sexuality is up to you and you don’t need to decide what your preferences are straight away, or ever.
An important thing to remember is that sexuality can change and that you do not have to decide who you are going to be attracted to and stick to it.
Sexuality is not fixed and who you are attracted to can change over time, or even week to week! In fact, who you find yourself attracted to is not really something you can choose or control, which is part of the reason that sex and relationships can be so confusing
The process of ‘coming out’ is when a person accepts their sexuality and gender and shares this with other people. It can be a long and sometimes difficult process
Freedom, delivered by Off The Record (Bristol) is a fun, safe, social space for LGBTQ young people aged 14-25 to meet each other, discuss issues important to them and have their voices heard. Freedom is open to anyone that identifies as LGBTQ or is questioning their sexuality – no labels applied.
Off The Record (Bristol) provides free, self-referral, confidential mental health support for young people aged 11-25 resident in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. This includes one-to-one counselling, group work, and bespoke targeted interventions with especially vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. Freedom Youth is one of a handful of youth-led mental health projects facilitated by the charity.
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