Each of us has a biological sex — whether we are female, male, or intersex. Our gender is our social and legal status as men or women. And sexual orientation is the term used to describe whether a person feels sexual desire for another person of the other gender, same gender, or both genders.

Each of us also has a gender and gender identity. Our gender identity is our feelings about our gender. We express our gender identity in the way that we act masculine, feminine, neither, or both. Some people are transgender, which means that our biological sex and our gender identity do not match up.

Each of us also has a sexual orientation. You may be bisexual, gay, lesbian or straight. Or you may be “questioning” your sexuality as you are unsure about your sexual orientation.

Although it is believed that the world is moving closer to accepting the LGBT+ community, there are still many obstacles that young people face in society. Learning to be yourself and dealing with other people’s perception of you can be hard for anyone – this process can be especially stressful or tough for young people. Everyone has the right to safe and accepting environments, including homes, schools, and health care settings, and the right to live with dignity and without fear from stigma, discrimination and violence.

The discrimination LGBT+ young people face or the pressure they feel from their family or community can put them at greater risk for emotional health struggles. Through our drop-in service at The HUB, we recognised that there was a need to support young people around their sexuality and gender identity.

e now offer a support service for anyone that has any questions around this issue. If you or someone you know is struggling with issues related to sexuality or pressures of not being accepted by family, friends or community, it’s important to speak up. If you would like any further information or would like to signpost a young person to access some support please contact The HUB on 724 421 or email us on thehub.gg.