For some people it can be very natural to be attracted to the same gender, and for some it can be a confusing time. Everyone is different, and everyones circumsances are different. However it is perfectly natural and legal.
It could take a while to know whether you are or are not attracted to people of the same sex. Some gay, lesbian and bisexual people say they 'felt different' from time to time when they were young. They had crushes on friends, but it took a while for them to think of themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual.
Off the Record is a Bath and North East Somerset service that provides a weekly youth group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) young people and young people questioning their sexuality age 13 to 21 years. The group is called SPACE and meets every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm at Off the Record, Manvers Street, Bath. For further information about this group you can contact our LGBT Youth Worker Lisa Benham by e-mail at Harrietrose@offtherecord-banes.co.uk; Alicehoyle@offtherecord-banes.co.uk; Natalieretallick@offtherecord-banes.co.uk.
As well as the weekly group, Off the Record provides one to one support sessions to listen and help you with any issues that might be affecting you because of your sexuality or gender identity. You are welcome to meet them at their offices in Bath or they can come to your school, college or university. To visit their website, please click here.
The word trans has many different meanings in our society, however its true meaning includes transgender, transsexual and non-binary. What links these three identities together is that your gender identity (the sense of your own gender) doesn't match the gender you were born with e.g. society might assign you as a male at birth but you identify as a female. Being trans is about your gender identity which is a different thing to your sexual orientation. Trans people can be lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight (or any other sexual orientation).
Transgender: Transgender people are people who experience a mismatch between their gender identity and the gender they were born with.
Transexual: Transgender people are sometimes called transexual if they desire to transition from one sex to another.
Non-Binary gender: also known as genderqueer, describes a person who does not identity their gender as a man or a woman.
Gendered Intelligence or GI work with the trans community here in the South West, and support young trans people aged 8-25. Their vision is: 'of a world where people are no longer constrained by narrow perceptions and expectations of gender, and where diverse gender expressions are visible and valued'.
The GI West Bristol Youth Group is for 13 to 25 year olds and is held at the The Station, Silver Street, Bristol, BS1 2AG from 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm, their webpage can be found here.
Gendered Intelligence has also published a 'Trans sexual health' booklet that may help you or your family or friend.