Sexual Orientation


A person's gender and sexual orientation are important pieces of how they identify themselves.

Young Adults

What is sexual orientation?

Sexual orientation classifies a person’s sexual identity in relation to the gender they are attracted to. Gender identity is the personal conceptualization of self as male, female, both, or neither.

Sexual and gender identifications can include:

Lesbian

  • A female identified person attracted to another female identified person

Gay

  • A male identified person attracted to another male identified person

Transgender

  • A person whose internal gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth

Queer

  • An umbrella term for people who identify outside of the heterosexual, cisgender binary system

Asexual

  • A person who is not sexually attracted to anyone or has no sexual orientation

Intersex

  • A person whose physical sex characteristics are not categorized as exclusively male or female

Fact:

You can become conscious of your gender identity as young as 18 months old.

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