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Sexual orientation

Sexual orientation refers to whether you are sexually and romantically attracted to men, women, both or none.

Some people’s sexual orientation is changeable and they can be attracted to both men and women at different times in their lives.

Remember that how you define your sexual orientation is up to you, and as long as you are keeping safe and in control, it is normal and healthy to take time to figure out what you like and don’t like.

  • Heterosexual  people are usually attracted to the opposite sex.
  • Homosexual people are attracted to people of the same sex. Men only attracted to other men may describe themselves as gay, and women only attracted to other women may describe themselves as gay or lesbian.
  • Bisexual people are attracted to both males and females.
  • Pansexual people can be attracted to people of all gender identities.
  • Asexual people do not experience sexual attraction to anyone – this is normal like any other sexual orientation.
  • Questioning – some people are unsure about whether they are attracted to men, women, both or neither. Being unsure of your sexual orientation can be confusing and daunting. It may help to speak to a counsellor or support group


Sometimes Transgender is confused as a sexual orientation – it is actually a component of Gender.

At Luton Sexual Health you can speak to a health mentor or health adviser, who will be able to advise you on what support is available.