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Sexuality: Just The Facts

Everyone experiences attraction differently

As you grow up and develop sexual feelings, you may find you’re attracted to people of the opposite sex, people of the same sex as you or to both sexes (and it may take a while for you to work out exactly what your feelings are).

Being lesbian, gay or bisexual isn’t a choice, it’s the way someone feels inside and is natural to that person.

Experimenting and exploring

About two in 100 people identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, and the proportion is a bit higher among 16-24 year olds, at around 4 in 100 people.

Some people know straightaway who they fancy, while others want to experiment while they are exploring their sexuality. There is no need to feel pressured into putting a label on how you feel.

For some young people, coming to terms with the fact that they might be attracted to someone of the same sex can be very difficult. Hurtful and negative comments can make it even harder.

Remember, there are plenty of services and online resources to help young people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual or who are exploring their sexuality.

If hurtful comments develop into homophobic bullying, be aware that it is now a reportable hate crime and a punishable offence.

How to get help

Some people realise they are gay, lesbian or bisexual at an early age, while others may not know until later in life. Some young people may also be confused about their sexual identity. It can help to talk to other people who are going through the same thing. There are support groups available for LGBT or young people who feel undecided.

You could contact:

Cross Hatch

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