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What is LGBT?

Tell me what it means - but keep it simple!

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Lesbian

Being a lesbian is when a female is sexually attracted to another female.

It means two women getting together, maybe falling in love and having a relationship - or possibly just to have sex - exactly like a straight (heterosexual) couple (male with female) might do.

The feelings of attachment and love are the same for lesbians: many lesbians would say they like to live together and look to build a secure future as a couple.

 

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Gay

Being gay (homosexual) is when a guy is sexually attracted to another guy.

It means two guys getting together, maybe falling in love and having a relationship - or possibly just to have sex - exactly like a straight (heterosexual) couple (male with female) might do.

The feelings of attachment and love are the same for gay guys: many gay guys would say they like to live together and look to build a secure future as a couple. Some people experience crushes on members of the same sex in their teens. This doesn't mean you are gay necessarily, nor do early sexual experiences with members of the same sex mean you will necessarily go on to be a gay adult. Being gay or lesbian does not mean that you will have had to have a relationship with someone of the same sex. Some people "Just know" that this is their true sexual identity, others become more aware over time.

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Bisexual

Bisexuality is the term used to describe someone who is sexually attracted to both male and females. Bisexuals may be sexually attracted to one sex more than the other and the attraction that they feel may vary from time to time.

Bisexuality is often seen as a phase some people go through or a period of experimentation before choosing who you would rather be with. However many people are bisexual for life. It is a sexual orientation in itself.

 

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Transgender

When we are born our reproductive organs and our brain have very distinct characteristics and differences that define our sex (as in being a boy or a girl). Gender identity describes the inner sense of knowing that we are male or female. This is different for our sexual orientation.

Occasionally there are some people who feel the way they look on the outside is not who they truly are on the inside. This can lead to what is called "Gender Dysphoria"('Dysphoria' means unhappiness).

For more detailed information check out Mermaids which offers support and information for young people and their families who are trying to cope with gender identity issues.

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