Sexuality and finding our sexual orientation is a very bewildering topic. Especially in teenage years, it can be awkward to figure out what sexual orientation you have and furthermore how to talk about it to others as it is such a taboo for most people. Additionally, the archaic way of thinking that some people have been brought up with has led to difficulties for them in understanding these sexual orientations.
Hopefully, these people still treat others with respect and tolerance no matter what their beliefs and sexualities may be.
The key to understanding is also knowledge about certain themes which is why we have listed up the most important things you should know about LGBTQIA+.
Gay refers to men that feel attracted to other men.
Gay men are often confronted with harassment by straight men and the usage of the word "gay" in negative contexts.
A person who identifies as bisexual is attracted to both men and women. This attraction does not have to be equal and can be imagined as a spectrum.
Bisexuals struggle with discrimination inside and outside the LGBTQIA+ community finding its roots in disbelief of the existence of their sexuality.
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A transgender person has the sex organs of one gender but the gender identity of another. That means that someone might be born with male genitals and be biologically male but have a female gender identity (of course also the other way around). There are many medical procedures one can go through to transition.
A transwoman is a woman who was biologically male at birth.
A transman is a man who was biologically female at birth.
Queer or Genderqueer is a very broad term describing people identify neither as male not female. It is usually described as a gender spectrum on which each individual can be placed and can be more towards masculinity or femininity. They are also described as non-binary which means that they do not conform to the binary system of male and female.
An asexual person does not experience sexual attraction. Asexuals can still have intercourse or feel romantic attraction there is only a lack of sexual attraction.
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Intersexual describes various conditions in which a person fits the physical description of neither male nor female. An intersexual person might have genitalia that is a mix of male and female or has chromosomes that are sometimes XY and sometimes XX.
There are often surgeries at birth to remove parts of the genitalia without any particular reasoning.
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There are many other sexualities and gender identities that are important. If you are interested to know more you can look up various sites on the internet explaining more about the LGBTQIA+ community.
We are open to discussing all aspects of the LGBTQIA+ community.