As we grow up from children to teenagers and discover the Internet and social medias, we find out about different sexualities. Who even knew there were so many labels we can apply to ourselves?
I like to think of sexuality as a spectrum, or like a number line. At the two ends, heterosexuality (attracted to the opposite sex), and homosexuality (attracted to the same sex). The ends can be exclusive; only attracted to opposite or same sex. In between there is a whole host of other things you can be. A while ago, people thought that bisexuality was when you liked both the opposite sex and same sex equally, 50-50%.Bisexuality is the attraction to both sexes, but it can be more like 75-25%, or even mostly attracted to one and occasionally the other. It is a label which can apply to ANYTHING in between, however feeling slightly attracted to the same/ opposite sex does not mean you have to call yourself bisexual. The important thing is to not feel as if you have to label yourself. As we mature as young people, we can feel attracted to many different people, and it is totally ok to experiment. We are only teenagers once, so why not do the reckless things now rather than later! There are a variety of other sexualities which you can also label yourself as, such as asexual, demisexual, and pansexual- again, these are all parts of the spectrum.
It is also absolutely fine to be unsure as to what categories you fit into, we are young and free and are allowed to be who we wish. Some people know from when they were little their sexuality, others take a while to realise, and that is all perfectly normal. I'm still trying to figure myself out, but there is no need to conform to labels, just accept and be yourself and people will love you as who you are.
If you have any questions about sexualities or are not quite sure about your own feelings, feel free to comment or ask on any of our social medias and we will help you out. Sexuality is nothing to be ashamed of, so go out there, experiment and discover yourself!
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