Sexual Orientation (LGB+)
What is Sexuality?
Describing a Person’s Sexual Orientation
There are many ways in which people can describe their sexuality, and as people feel more able to explore how they are feeling the language continues to grow. Young people should not be put under any pressure to assign themselves a “label”; some people like having a word to describe their sexuality but others find labels too restrictive and so never label their sexuality.
Regardless, it is important that some of this language is shared with young people so they have words to describe feelings they may have and are aware that it is completely usual for people of the same gender to have romantic and loving relationships with one another. This helps to “normalise” same-gender relationships and LGBT+ people, and shares with LGBT+ young people that there is nothing wrong with how they are feeling and that there is a community of others who feel the same way they do.
Below are some of the more common and visible sexual orientations that you may want to explore with your young people. Click on each of the boxes to reveal a definition.
To explore some of the other ways people describe their sexual orientation, you can explore the Sexual Orientation (LGB+) webpage designed for ages 14+ by clicking here.
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