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Sexuality

Everyone is a sexual being whether they are sexually active or not. Sexuality is an expression of who you are as a human being. You experience and express your sexuality through your thoughts, fantasies, desires, beliefs, attitudes, values, activities, roles and relationships.

Your sexuality is a combination of your:

  • biological sex (whether you were born as a male or female)
  • gender identity (your psychological sense of being male or female)
  • social gender role (the extent to which you conform to what is regarded in society as feminine or masculine behaviour)
  • sexual orientation (the emotional, romantic, sexual or affectionate attraction you have to a particular sex)

Three sexual orientations are commonly recognised, heterosexual, gay/lesbian and bi-sexual.

Sexual orientation is different from sexual behaviour. Sexual behaviour is how people behave in a sexual situation, individuals may or may not display their sexual orientation in their sexual behaviour. Being heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bi-sexual is not a preference and is not chosen. It is integral to a persons life and their identity rather than being a lifestyle.

Your sexual orientation reflects a range of factors that determine who you are sexually attracted to and who you fall in love with.