Sexual Orientation

Sexual orientation is often used to describe different types of sexual attraction. Sexual orientation can also refer to a person's sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviours, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions.

Most people will begin to get a sense of their own sexual orientation in childhood or as young adults when they start to have feelings of romantic or sexual attraction towards others. For some, being aware of their sexual orientation is clear from the beginning. For others, awareness of their sexual orientation may take more time.