Sexual Orientation

Everyone has a sexual orientation. It is defined by who do you feel sexually, romantically and emotionally attracted to. An orientation is defined by the relationships we want to have with another person. 

Facts

Kinds of orientation

Sexual orientation is a spectrum ranging from emotional, physical and sexual attraction to your own sex, to the opposite sex, to neither or to both.

Am I homosexual?

Understanding your thoughts, feelings and desires can be difficult. You don’t just wake up one day with all the answers about your sexuality, whether you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight or not.

Coming out

‘Coming out’ is short for ‘coming out of the closet’, which means telling people around you that you are gay, lesbian, or bisexual.

Homophobia

If you’re gay, lesbian, or bisexual, you’ve probably experienced some kind of homophobia: prejudice against you because of your sexual orientation.

Homosexuality: attitudes and law

To say that sexual orientation is seen differently in different parts of the world is putting it mildly. Cultural and personal attitudes to homosexuality vary widely.

Ten myths about homosexuality

Hundreds of myths about homosexuality are doing the rounds out there. Here are ten common myths from around the world.

Supporting LGB people

You don’t have to be gay, lesbian or bisexual to recognise the injustice and discrimination that the people in these communities face. You may be straight, but you can still be an ally or supporter.