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Sexual Orientation Basics

Sexual Orientation Basics

Updated: Jun 10

What is Sexual Orientation?

Sexual orientation, or sexuality, is a term used to refer to a person's pattern of emotional, romantic, and sexual attraction to people of a particular gender.

There are a variety of sexual orientations, and it is often said that everyone falls on a spectrum of sexuality depending on how strongly they are attracted to a certain gender.

Discovering Your Sexuality

Sexual orientation is complicated.

Firstly, it isn't a choice. No one chooses to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual, just as no one chooses to be heterosexual (straight). Discovering where you fall on this spectrum is a process unique to you; each journey to discovery is different. There are all sorts of different sexualities, and it's not something that you need to decide overnight. You are allowed to experiment and find out who and what you are attracted to.

Sexuality Resources

We have several helpful pages where you can learn about different orientations—the basics, the history, the people, the symbols, and more!


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