Understanding Sexuality

Being a teenager can be tough enough to get through without questions of sex, sexuality, and sexual identity. Sexuality is influenced by many factors, including your gender identity, sexual orientation, the culture you live in, and how your body develops. During the teen years, you will develop a sense of your own sexuality, one that will lead to satisfying, mature sexual relationships later in life.

Over time, most teens will come to identify themselves as primarily heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual. However, you should not be surprised if you feel confused about some of these issues during your teen years. This time of life may be troubling for teenagers who begin to identify themselves as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, especially if these ideas are not openly accepted by family members, friends, or the society in which they live. If this is you or someone you know then it is important that you find a trusted adult or friends to talk about things openly. We are always here to listen and support you.

Watch the video below for more information on sexuality

Dealing with Pressure

Whether you are a boy or a girl, some will want to have sex at an earlier age and some later in life.  Some want more sex and some want less sex. Television, movies, magazines, and society in general play their parts in showing us a false definition of who we are supposed to be and when we should have sex.

So let’s get real! You are the one who needs to decide if you are ready to have sex and what the consequences might be of having sex at a young age.

If you are confused about whether or not you should or shouldn’t have sex, it’s a good idea to wait and do some more thinking and soul searching.  You will know when the time is right and there is certainly no rush; no matter what society (or your partner) may be telling you. In fact, you (and your partner) may actually benefit from waiting and be much happier for it. If you would like to talk this through with us, we are here to listen and support you.

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Paul
Age 13

Thanks for helping me feel better. I don’t get so angry now about things, which means I stay out of trouble

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Sarah
Age 17

It was good to talk to you, things are so confusing

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