advertisement
30 March 2011

Lesbian, gay and bi adults

Lesbian women, gay men and bisexual people do not suddenly ‘appear’ in adulthood. This is what happens.

Lesbian women, gay men and bisexual people do not suddenly ‘appear’ in adulthood.

It is generally accepted and expected that by the time we reach adulthood, we know what our sexual orientation is and have integrated this aspect of our overall personal identity.

  • His/her self-concept and confidence will continue to experience trauma.
  • She/he may continue to internalise society’s fear of homosexuality, and thus make it harder for themselves to integrate their sexual identity into their full personality.

  • Sexual identity is based on the consistent attraction of people to each other’s sexual thoughts, fantasies, behaviour and lifestyle.
  • These components may be compatible during some periods of our life, and contradictory and inconsistent at other times.
  • We need to recognise these different parts of who we are as sexual beings if we want to integrate and consolidate our sexual identity.

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Lifestyle »

E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know

E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places.

Allergy »

Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives

A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.

advertisement