Your sexuality is what gender you can be attracted to. For some people it’s the same gender, for some it’s the opposite and for some its all genders. For some people it can take a while for people to realise who they’re attracted to, and for others they know straight away – either is perfectly normal!
Heterosexual is a term used when you are attracted to an opposite gender. Gay is when you are attracted to the same gender and Bisexual is when you are attracted to two or more genders.
LGBT+ is a term often used to describe anyone who isn’t heterosexual and means Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and more. It can include identities such as non-binary, pansexual, genderfluid and other identities.
What is the difference between sex and gender?
Sex and gender are two different things. Your sex is your biological gender – what you were born as. This can be male, female or in-between. Your gender is your gender identity – how you express and define yourself. This can be male, female or in-between too.
Being transgender is where your gender is different from the sex you were born in. For example, when somone is born male but express and defines their gender as female, or vice versa. Some people who are transgender may decide to have gender affirmation sugery, where they change their sex to match their gender. Others might be just fine with the way they are now and don’t want surgery. Again either is perfectly normal!
Some people don’t identify as having a male or female gender. These people sometimes identity themselves as non-binary, but there are lots of other terms in which people who don’t identify and male or female might identify themselves, so it’s important to respect and use the words they use to identify themselves.
Getting information and support around sexuality and gender identity
Off the Record is a Bath and North East Somerset service that provides a weekly youth group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) young people and young people questioning their sexuality aged 13 to 21. The group is called SPACE and meets every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm at Off the Record, Manvers Street, Bath BA1 1JW.
You can find out more information about SPACE on the Off The Record website.