Information, advice and support.

Spectrum welcome any person in need of sexual health services into their clinics, inclusive of the different ways people identify their sexuality and gender.

This page hopes to explain a little more about sexuality and gender and provide information for people who may be feeling confused or in need of support.

There are many organisations supporting the LGBTQ community and we have listed national and local groups below.

Sexuality

Your sexuality describes who you are attracted to in a sexual and/or romantic way. People who are attracted to the opposite sex are known as ‘hetrosexual’ or ‘straight. People who are attracted to those of the same sex as themselves are known as ‘homosexual’, ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’. People who are bisexual feel attracted to males and females and others self-identify as ‘queer’ when they see sexual attraction as fluid depending on the person. 

Only you can define your own sexuality but their isn’t any pressure to label yourself as something if you don’t feel comfortable. You must always do what is best for you and your own sexual preferences.

Sex

Everyone is born with either male or female ‘sex’ parts and someones ‘sex’ refers to a persons identity based on their physical characteristics such as a penis, vagina, or breasts and their genes and hormones.

Just because someone is born with male/female characteristics doesn’t mean they live their lives identifying this way.

More information can be found here:

Gender

Sex and gender are two different things and a person doesn’t need to identify with the gender they were assigned with at birth. Remember gender identity is what YOU identify as.

Cissgender

Trans

Trans man – a person who transitioned into a man

Trans woman – a person who transitioned into a woman

Non-binary

Gender non-conforming

Gender fluid

Where to find support