Sexual Orientation

There are different types of sexual orientation.

Heterosexual Attracted to people of the opposite sex; also called ‘straight’
Homosexual Attracted to people of the same sex; females attracted to females, males attracted to males; also called ‘gay’
Bisexual Attracted to people of either sex; females attracted to females and males; males attracted to males and females; also called ‘bi’
Asexual Not sexually attracted to anyone
Pansexual Attracted to someone of any sex, gender, or gender identity

During puberty, teens start having sexual feelings. As teens explore these feelings, they may be attracted to people of the same or another sex. This does not necessarily mean you are straight, gay, or bi. As we mature, people become more aware of their sexual orientation and figure it out.

Some people are asexual. These people are not interested in having sex, but they still feel emotionally close to other people, of both sexes. Some people are pansexual. These people are open to relationships with an inclusive range of people, not just those who identify as men or women. Transgender people may be heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or asexual.

People do not choose their sexual orientation; it is a natural part of who we are.