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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Identity

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Identity

People discover their sexual orientation in different ways. Some are sure from the time they are very young. Some spend years trying to figure things out. Some feel certain for a long time, then have a period of doubt or change.

It's OK not to know if you're gay or straight. Asking these questions might help:

  • Do I sometimes feel sexually attracted to people of the same sex?
  • Do I feel emotionally attracted to someone of the same sex?
  • Do I feel like something is not quite honest or true about my relationship with someone of the opposite sex?
  • Do I have many sexual or romantic fantasies about people of the same sex?
  • Have I had same-sex experiences that are much more exciting or satisfying than opposite-sex experiences?

If you answered "yes" to most of these questions, you have a lot to think about. But there is no test that says for certain that someone is gay. It's important to give yourself the chance to question and explore what's right for you.

Sometimes, it's helpful to discuss your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust. To schedule an appointment with a Health Services counselor, call 218-726-7913.

UMD GLBT Services

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