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Sexuality has to do with the way you identify, how you experience sexual and romantic attraction (if you do), and your interest in and preferences around sexual and romantic relationships and behavior.

Sexuality and sexual orientation is about who someone feels physically and emotionally attracted to. This can be romantic or emotional attraction, or both.

As children and young people grow up it’s natural for them develop and express their sexuality in healthy ways. For example, older teenagers might start dating or having relationships, while younger children might show curiosity about sex or the changes that happen during puberty. Many young people also feel unsure about their sexuality or who they’re attracted to, or find that their sexuality changes over time.

There are lots of different types of sexuality or sexual orientation, and young people may use different terms to describe how they feel. LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and more. Although people often confuse them, it’s important to remember that gender identity is different from sexuality

Just the facts

Health for Teens 

lots of information on relationships and sexual health


free confidential help and advice on sexual health and wellbeing, including contraception advice.

Sexuality Childline

Sexuality and sexual orientation is about who you're physically and emotionally attracted to. Everyone is different, and sometimes understanding your sexuality can be confusing.

Sexuality and Sexual Orientation

NSPCC advice on supporting young people with their questions about sexuality 

Gender Identity

NSPCC advice on supporting young people with gender identity questions

Talk to someone

Beam Sandwell 

Emotional health and well being support for young people aged 5-18 (up toaged 25 if you are a care leaver)


free safe and anonymous mental health support for young people

Young Minds

emotional wellbeing and mental health support for young people

Hate Crime and Anti Violence

Galop supports anyone experiencing hate crime, sexual violence, domestic abuse 

Make Connections

Birmingham LGBT

supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities in Birmingham and beyond

Stonewall Youth

inclusive online community for young people