Sexual Orientation

Sexual Orientation

Your sexual orientation is about who you are attracted to — physically, emotionally, and sexually. A person can be attracted to the opposite sex, the same sex, both sexes, or not be attracted to anyone at all. Your sexual orientation is about more than who you have sex with. It’s about the emotional attraction as well.

Love and attraction are deeply personal. Only you decide your identity. Be proud of who you are and find people who support you.


DC Specific (The 202)

DC is one of the gayest places in America. DC public schools have staff who volunteer to support LGBTQ youth in schools, provide education, and ensure policies that support youth are followed. Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) are a great chance for young people in schools to talk about how to support each other and find ways to build bridges between groups in schools.

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Amaze – Sexual Orientation

Amaze is an organization that creates videos for adolescents and their trusted adults to open lines of communication about important sexual health topics. This two-minute video explains what sexual orientation is and why it’s normal to question.

TeensHealth – Sexual Orientation

TeensHealth, created by the Nemours Center for Children’s Health Media, offers this web page on sexual attraction and orientation, and the importance of talking to someone you trust about sexuality and sexual health.

It Gets Better Project

The mission of the project is to bring a message of hope to LGBTQ youth and to inspire them to get help when needed and to advocate for themselves.