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Talking LGBT…

Language is powerful – but it can also be confusing!

Here’s our guide to talking LGBT.

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1. Sexual Orientation
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Who you’re attracted to.

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2. Gay or Lesbian
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Being attracted to people of the same gender. Sometimes called being homosexual, but homosexual isn’t used much these days.

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3. Bisexual
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Being attracted to people of more than one gender.

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4. Asexual
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Not being sexually attracted to anyone.

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5. Heterosexual
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Being attracted to people of the opposite gender.

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6. Pansexual
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Being attracted to people regardless of their gender identity, the gender given at birth, or their sexual orientation.

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7. Gender Identity
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What you feel your gender is. This isn’t always the same as the sex given at birth.

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8. Transgender
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Having a different gender identity to the sex given at birth.

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9. Transsexual
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Isn’t used much these days. In the past it was used to describe a person who transitioned to live in the opposite gender to the sex given at birth. It’s quite a medical term and most people prefer transgender.

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10. Non-binary
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Not identifying as either male or female. Sometimes called being agender.

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11. Intersex
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Having attributes of both sexes at birth.

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12. Gender Fluid
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Feeling like a mix of genders, or feeling more male some days and more female other days.

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13. Cisgender
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Having the same gender identity as the sex given at birth.

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14. Gender Dysphoria
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Describes the discomfort some people feel when their gender identity is different to the sex assigned at birth.

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15. Questioning
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Exploring your sexual orientation and / or your gender identity.

how to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.

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Find help in your local area

Find out what services are available to you in your area. Remember your school nurse is always there to give you confidential help and support.