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Sexuality

Sexuality is the part of you expressed through your sexual activities and relationships. It is represented in your feelings, behaviours and your sexual identity. A person’s sexuality can be homosexual, heterosexual, pansexual, bisexual or asexual.

Your sexual identity is how you choose to describe or label your sexuality. The label you choose may be straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer or many others. Some people choose not to label their sexuality at all.

One activity that is helpful is to think about sexuality in several aspects which are on a continuum or in shades of grey. Three of the most common aspects used to describe sexuality are:

  • Feelings and fantasies: who we fall in love with, who we are attracted to, who we think about when we are aroused, and who we intimately connect with.
  • Behaviours: include any form of sexual contact (kissing, touching, oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex etc.), flirting, who we date, and have relationships with.
  • Identity: is the label or description of our sexuality.

This is called the FBI model.

Like many good things in life, sexuality can be confusing. Everyone expresses their sexuality differently with various levels of diversity. Often sexuality and sexual identity changes at different times of our lives.

For more information about sexuality visit:

Reach Out – what is sexuality?

For more information about diverse sexuality visit:

The Freedom Centre – sexuality

headspace – sexuality and gender identity

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