If you, or someone you know, thinks they might be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender do not worry, you are not alone. It is estimated that 10% of the population is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
If it would help to talk to someone, use the links at the bottom of the page to find advice and support.
- Gay men - men who are attracted to other men.
- Lesbian - women who are attracted to other women.
- Bisexual - people who are attracted to both men and women.
- Trans - a general term for people who feel that their gender is different from the one they were born with.
- Pansexual - people who are attracted to men, women, transgender, intersex, or agendered/genderqueer.
- Asexual - a person who is not interested in or does not desire sexual activity, either within or outside of a relationship.
- Demisexual - a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form a strong emotional connection with someone.
The age of consent for a gay man is 16, the same as it is for heterosexual couples.
If you are sexually active, you need to practice safe sex. Find out more about sexual health or visit a sexual health clinic.
'Coming out' is the term that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people use when they decide to tell their friends and family about it. This can be a difficult thing to do as people often worry that others will treat them differently once they know.
If you are worried about coming out or want support, visit Coming out as a young person on the Stonewall website. They have information on sharing with your sexual orientation or gender identity with family and friends and the sources of available support.
Bullying, discrimination and domestic violence
If you are being bullied because of your sexuality (homophobia) or gender (transphobia) you are not alone. Talk to one of the organisations below or find out more on our bullying pages.