What is sexuality?

What is sexuality?

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Sexuality is how you feel about yourself and your body.

It is about finding out and knowing what feels right for you

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Your sexual orientation is about whether you are attracted to men, women, both, or neither.

What is sexual orientation?

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It is about who you want to be with romantically, emotionally, and sexually.

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There are different sexual orientations that a person can be.

This includes gay , lesbian , straight, bisexual and asexual.

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People should not be treated differently because of their sexual orientation.

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Straight means you are attracted to someone of the opposite sex.

It is OK to be straight.

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Lesbian means a woman who is attracted to other women. 

It is OK to be a lesbian.

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Gay means a man who is attracted to other men.

Some women prefer to use the word gay to describe themselves if they are a lesbian.

It is OK to be gay.

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Bisexual means a person who is attracted to both men and women.

It is OK to be bisexual.

A person who is pansexual can be attracted to anyone of any gender or sex.

It is OK to be pansexual.

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A person who is asexual is someone who is not sexually attracted to anyone, male or female.

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A person who is asexual might want a partner but will not have sexual feelings for them.

It is OK to be asexual.

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A person who is unsure about their sexual orientation can call themselves curious.

It is OK to be curious and not know how you feel.

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A person who is unsure about their sexuality could also call themselves questioning.

This means they are asking questions about their identity.

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Some people choose to not label their sexual orientation at all.

This is OK.