Resource: Sexuality explained

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Sexuality is not about who you have sex with, or how often you have it. Sexuality is about your sexual feelings, thoughts, attractions and behaviours towards other people. You can find other people physically, sexually or emotionally attractive, and all those things are a part of your sexuality.

Sexuality is diverse and personal, and it is an important part of who you are. Discovering your sexuality can be a very liberating, exciting and positive experience.

Some people experience discrimination due to their sexuality. If someone gives you a hard time about your sexuality, it’s good to talk to someone about it.

Read or download a helpful guide here.

Resource: Understanding Sexuality

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Understanding sexuality and sexual identity – for family and friends

If a young person has confided in you, take the time to ask them how you can support them. The term sexuality refers to a person’s sexual attractions, experiences of the attraction and sexual preferences.

There are many ways to describe sexuality (and gender). Many of these are captured by the term LGBTIQA+.

Read the list here.

Pronouns: Resource: Language for identity

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The language used to affirm the identities of trans and gender diverse people is constantly evolving, but it is a vital part of how we show our respect and support.

The Parents of Gender Diverse Children (PGDC) have created a selection of terms that might be helpful. Teens and young people in particular are always coming up with new terms and ways to refer to themselves, so this list is ever changing and not exhaustive.

Read more about the language here.

Resource: Support sessions for families

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Need someone to talk to in relation to a family member’s diverse gender, sex or sexuality (see below for people 18 or under)? Trying to work out what it all means? Wanting to learn more about how you can support a loved one?

Free, confidential support sessions are available to learn more and to talk through concerns and issues.

Sessions available in Burnie, Hobart and Launceston or by phone, online video or other methods by negotiation.

Learn more about a session happening near you.

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