What is Sexual Orientation?

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Sexual orientation is who we are romantically, emotionally or physically attracted to.

Sexual orientation is about who you like, who you crush on, who you form relationships with ó who you love.

There are so many ways to be! There are lots of ways to be attracted to other people. You may fi nd that you are interested in boys, girls or both. Sometimes adults, friends or the media make us feel that itís only OK to like someone of the opposite sex.

Everyone has a sexual orientation. Many people are just not sure how they feel about their sexual orientation, and thatís OK.

Many people identify as lesbian (women liking women), gay (men liking men), bisexual (attracted to both sexes), transgender (feeling or being the opposite of your birth sex), two-spirit (First Nations/ Aboriginal word for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender) or questioning.

Still today, some people do not accept LGBTTQ* people, and this is called homophobia. It can be tough not to be accepted, but there are lots of people who do accept LGBTTQ* people.

IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT YOUR SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Express yourself!

Thereís lots of ways to express your gender. Sometimes, adults, friends or the media tell us to behave in ways we have learned that boys or girls are supposed to behave. Girls can be feminine, masculine or both.

What's most important is how you feel about yourself.

These web sites can help:

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