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What is Sexual Orientation?

What is Sexual Orientation?

‘Lesbian’, ‘gay’, ‘bisexual’ and ‘heterosexual’ are better described as ‘sexual orientation towards people’, rather than ‘sexual attraction to’. This reflects the fact that people build committed, stable relationships and it is not purely a focus on sexual activity.

Everyone has a sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is a combination of emotional, romantic, sexual or affectionate attraction to another person.

In other words, it's about who you are attracted to, fall in love with and want to live your life with.

To find out more about Sexual Orientation, visit the pages on the Equalities in Health website at: