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SEXUALITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER

Information for Parents

Sexual Health and Relationships are important issues for everyone, regardless of sexuality, sexual orientation or gender identity. Research has shown that young people are more likely to talk to a Youth Worker rather than a parent when it comes to these issues.

Sexuality

Sexuality is much more than body parts and sex, sexuality is an important part of who we are, what we believe, what we feel, and how we respond to others. It is shaped by such things as our values and beliefs, attitudes and experiences.  It can be expressed in the way you speak, smile, stand, sit, dress, dance, laugh and cry. It can be fluid and change over time.

Sexual Orientation

Sexual orientation relates to who people find romantically and sexually attractive. Some people from an early age are very sure of their sexual orientation, some people are less sure and a person’s sexual orientation can change over time. It is not known for sure what causes a person’ sexual orientation but you cannot tell by the way people look, dress, their jobs or hobbies.
Some sexual orientation terms: (From LGBT Youth Scotland)

Gender

Further information on Transgender

http://www.scottishtrans.org/

What do you do if your child comes to you to tell you they are having issues with their sexuality, sexual orientation or gender identity?

If you need any more information or would like to talk to someone then call the LGBT Centre in Dumfries to talk to one of our trained staff – 01387 255058.

Further information

www.fflag.org.uk

www.lgbtyouth.org.uk

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