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Sexuality and Gender Identity

Sexuality is the word used to describe our sexual interests and preferences. For some people these will stay the same throughout their lives, but for others they may change as they get older. It is not at all unusual to feel attracted to someone of the same sex and many people experience crushes or very close friendships with someone of the same sex as they are growing up. For lots of people this does mean that they are gay or lesbian, and they go on to have relationships with people of the same sex. For others, their feelings may change and they will find that they are more attracted to the opposite sex or both sexes.

Gender Identity is one's innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither – how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One's gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth.

Norfolk LGBT+ Project is a community based charity, providing support to the LGBT+ community in Norfolk & Waveney. They provide support for young LGBT+ people and those questioning their sexuality or gender identity aged 25 and below. This is achieved via their BLAH LGBT+ youth groups in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, email and phone support, and school outreach work.

Their aims are

  • To relieve the mental and emotional suffering of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in Norfolk & Waveney by the provision of advice, peer-support and information.
  • The preservation and protection of public health, in particular amongst LGBT people, by raising awareness and providing information about matters that affect their physical, mental and sexual health.

For more information you can phone or email, or go to the website listed below.


Phone: 01603 219299


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