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Sexual orientation refers to a persons’ preference in who they are attracted to romantically, emotionally or physically.
Sexual identity is another term used but it really means how you identify yourself.
Sexual orientation can be seen to exist on a continuum that ranges from exclusive heterosexuality (attraction to the opposite sex-straight) to exclusive homosexuality (attraction to the same sex-gay, lesbian) and in between comes bisexuality.
Asexuality is defined as lack of sexual attraction to others or an absence of interest in sexual activity with anyone.
Pansexuality is when someone is sexually attracted to another person regardless of their gender.
Sexual orientation is shaped at an early age and is thought to result from a complex interaction between environmental, cognitive and biological factors.
Recent scientific evidence shows that genetic and hormonal factors play a significant role in a persons’ sexual orientation.
Sexual orientation is not considered to be a conscious choice that can be changed.
If you are unsure of your sexual preferences or finding it difficult to accept your sexual identity, I can talk it through with you and discuss your concerns. Finding it difficult to ‘come out’ to friends and family is common and I can help listen to your concerns and make a plan with you.
If you are unsure if I can help with a problem you are experiencing please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, which is an encrypted email account, to discuss further.