Relationships

There are lots of different types of relationships that you can have
  You might behave differently depending on the type of relationship you have with someone.
 

You might 

  • hold hands
  • kiss or hug.
  You could be friends.
  You could be romantic partners.

Sexual orientation

 
 

If a man likes women in a sexual way this is called straight

If a woman likes a man in a sexual way, this is called straight.

  If a man likes other men in a sexual way, this is called gay.
  If two men hug and kiss each other in a sexual way this is called a gay relationship.
                                                                                 

Some women like other women in a sexual way

  • this is called lesbian.
 

If two women hug and kiss each other in a sexual way

  • this is called a lesbian relationship
  Some people like men and women in a sexual way
 
  • this is called bisexual.
  A man and woman can get married.
  Two men can get married.
  Two women can get married.

Gender

 
 

A person's gender identity is whether they feel inside that they are a 

boy/man

girl/woman

or neither.

A transgender person is someone whose gender identity or gender expression does not match their body.

A person's gender expression is the way they choose

 
  • to dress

                                                                                                                                                                              

  • to talk                                                                                                                                        
     
  • to behave
  transsexual person is someone who has a strong desire to live completely and permanently as the gender opposit to the gender they were born with.
 
  • a female-to-male transsexual man is someone who was born female at birth but has a male gender identity and changes to live completely and permanently as a man
  • a male-to-female transsexual woman is someone who was born male but has a female gender identity and changes to live completely and permanently as a woman.
Gender is about who you are, while sexual orientation is about who you are attracted to.

 

Transgender people can be straight, gay/lesbian or bisexual just the same as everyone else.  
 People who cross-dress wear clothes associated with the opposite gender. They may cross-dress for emotional satisfaction, sexual pleasure, or jsut becausethey feel more comfortable.
  Cross-dressing people are generally happy with the gender they were born with at birth and do not want to permanently alter their bodies or change their legal gender.
                                                                                                                           

Leaflet reference:

L856E

Version:

V2

Date last updated:

05 / 2017

Archive date:

05 / 2020

    

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