Being gay means being attracted to someone who is the same sex as you. People who are attracted to someone of the same sex may describe themselves as gay if they are male and gay or lesbian if they are female. This is also known as being homosexual.
Being bisexual means being attracted to people of both sexes. Being heterosexual means being attracted to people of the opposite sex.
Transgender means a person who was labelled as one gender at birth (male or female), but as they grow up they feel like they should be the other gender.
Being unsure about your sexuality, or seeing yourself as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender can be unsettling and difficult.
It can make you worried about things like:
- feeling different from other people
- being unsure how people will react
- feeling under pressure from homophobic attitudes
- feeling isolated
- feeling trapped and unable to be yourself.
Struggling with these feelings can have an effect on your mental health. It might make you feel depressed or anxious or it may lower your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Talking to someone that you can trust about how you feel can really help.
If you would like to know more about sexuality and the help you can get you might find these websites useful: