Aromatic – not feeling romantically attracted to anyone
Asexual – not feeling sexually attracted to anyone
Bicurious – people who don’t see themselves as either heterosexual or homosexual, but may also sometimes be curious about the gender they're not normally attracted to
Bisexual (or ‘bi’) - feeling emotionally and physically attracted to both sexes
Crossed orientation (or mixed orientation) - people who experience a romantic or emotional attraction that is different from their sexual attraction - for example, someone may feel emotionally attracted to girls but sexually attracted to boys
Demisexual - someone who doesn’t have any sexual attraction unless they have a strong emotional connection with someone first
Gay/lesbian/homosexual - feeling emotionally and physically attracted to people of the same sex
Heteroflexible - people who think of themselves as heterosexual but may also sometimes be attracted to people from the same sex - for example, a heteroflexible boy would mostly be attracted to girls but may occasionally be drawn to other boys when the situation feels right
Homoflexible - people who think of themselves as homosexual, but may sometimes be attracted to someone of the opposite sex, if it feels right - for example, a homoflexible girl might identify as a lesbian but might sometimes find boys attractive too
Pansexual - feeling emotionally and physically attracted to people of any gender or sexual orientation, which includes transgender and non-binary people
Polysexual - someone who is emotionally and physically attracted to some genders, but not all
Queer - some people use this as an insult, but other LGBTQ+ people will use it to describe not fitting into other sexualities or categories
Questioning - feeling unsure about your sexual orientation
Straight/heterosexual - feeling emotionally and physically attracted to people of the opposite sex
Gender and sexuality
You might define your sexuality in a variety of ways. As part of growing up, you will spend time exploring your identity and developing a sense of who you are. Whilst this can include things like what you want to do after school as a career or what hobbies you may have, this also includes thinking about who you are attracted to (your sexual orientation), how you feel about your gender (your gender identity), and the different ways you can express this.
More information about gender and sexuality
Sexuality and sexual orientation are about who you're physically and emotionally attracted to. Everyone is different, and sometimes understanding your sexuality can be confusing. There are lots of types of sexuality and its okay if you don’t fit into just one. For some people, their sexuality is fluid and can change over time.
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CAMHS Resources - This site was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support mental health and well-being.
Centre for Clinical Interventions - Self-help resources for mental health problems
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Galop - provides confidential and independent advice and support for LGBT+ people who have experienced sexual assault, abuse or violence
GIRES - a UK wide organisation whose purpose is to improve the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people of all ages
Kooth - Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people, accredited counsellors for mental health needs
Mermaids - Helping gender-diverse kids, young people and their families since 1995
Mind - Mental health charity providing guidance and support
Samaritans - Mental health charity providing support and guidance to all
The Mix - online group chat/discussion boards supporting children and young people with a variety of mental health issues
Young Minds - UK charity fighting for children and young people's mental health