LGBTQ INFORMATION FOR TEENS
Sexual identity, or sexual orientation identity, is the way in which a young person thinks of him or herself in terms of who he or she is romantically attracted to. Adolescence is a time of growth and maturation in a young person’s life. The hormones and physical changes that occur throughout one’s youth are immense. More specifically there is typically a noticeable increase in a young person’s sexual thoughts, feelings and attractions.
For many years, a young person’s gender identity was proclaimed at birth was defined by a person’s genitals. This is known as gender assignment. It is what has occurred for centuries regarding one’s gender, and places an assumption that the physical anatomy of a person matches the person’s gender. Gender assignment, however, is not always accurate.
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