What might help me figure out my sexual identity?

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Puffin
November 26th, 2014 11:52am
Time, time, time... Give it a lot of time. I think your sexual identity is something what needs to grow. Especially during puberty. It's not something you can force it to be. Discovering what it exactly is depends from person to person. But keep in mind that kissing someone from the same gender and don't liking it doesn't make you directly straight, and kissing someone from the opposite gender and not liking it doesn't make you directly gay. It's more than just only this.
ChaiChelsea
December 20th, 2014 9:12pm
Asking this question is a very brave first step! Figuring out your sexual identity can be overwhelming, especially at first. Taking the time to ask yourself introspective questions is a great way to start. Think about any relationships you may have had, and how much attraction was there, what you liked and didn't like. Think about the people you naturally have crushes on or fantasies about. Are there any patterns? When you think of people of your gender identity, what feelings and thoughts come up? Which feelings and thoughts come when thinking of people with gender identities other than your own? Keeping the answers to questions like these written down somewhere private and safe can help, as well as keeping a journal about your processing. Reading books on sexual identity (although this book is mainly about gender identity, Kate Bornstein's "My Gender Workbook" is a great one) can help as well. Please also remember that there is no time limit on this journey.
Erynn
November 26th, 2014 4:51am
Time. Think on it. Journal. Read other people's stories and relate it to yourself. Read labels and definitions. Think even more. Take your time. Remember that labels are General, and YOU are unique. A label probably wont fit PERFECTLY, but it just needs to be something you feel comfortable with. Remember that you don't NEED a label. Your identity is YOURS. All you need to know is which individual you would like to have a relationship with, so if you never find a big general label that fits you - that's okay too. Take your time, and be gentle with yourself. It's going to be okay.
youremmajesty
January 6th, 2015 2:19am
In my own experience, it helped me to step back from everyday things and look at it from an outside perspective, almost. I looked at those whom I had experienced feelings for over the years and examined my drive to be with those different people. What I found was that all of the boys I wanted to be with, it was more for a popularity sort of thing, that trivial high school attitude I'm sure most of us had at some point. All of my other friends had boyfriends, so I had to as well, that kind of thing. But the only real connections and attractions that I had were to girls. This may just be my thing, but I thought I would share!
DouglasListens
November 26th, 2014 4:42am
Sexual identity is a very personal issue that I think about a lot. I don't think we owe anyone else an explanation or a definitive answer. There's no rush. You you are, and being able to write out a definition for the boundaries of your sexual identity might be comforting, but it probably wouldn't change too much about who you are. Experience can help clarify some ideas, but be careful not to put yourself at risk.
Lilia5
November 28th, 2014 8:29pm
Take some time by yourself to understand your sexuality. Also, talking to a counselor could help a lot too! It can be confusing to understand your sexuality growing up but go with your gut feeling :-) Hope this helps!
IknowIvebeenthere
December 3rd, 2014 4:18am
Don't focus on labeling yourself. Think more about what would make you happy. Do you like girls? Great! Do you like guys? Great! Too often we try to label ourselves, and that also limits us. Don't limit yourself to one thing, explore, experience, enjoy. That is life :)
tranquilCentaur
December 7th, 2014 5:10am
Experience. Something that helped me was physical experience with a member of both sexes as well as someone who was nonbinary. It helped me figure out, very quickly, who I felt chemistry with and in general which individual was even attractive to begin with.
soothingRainfall86
December 16th, 2014 10:48pm
A way that you can figure out your own sexual identity by yourself, would be to take the time. To relax, and enter deep thought, thinking about every aspect of the situation, being truly honest with your conscience. Another way to solve this issue would just be to relax, and allow things to work out the way they do.
RachaelIsAwesome
April 2nd, 2015 2:35pm
Experimenting. Looking into what some of them are. Talking to somebody who knows for sure what they are. Reading defintions of what each one is.
Anonymous
July 10th, 2015 6:42am
Through your feelings and emotions to another person. If you have feelings both sexually and emotionally to a person in your same gender, it can mean that you might be gay or lesbian. If you have feelings for both gender it can mean that you maybe bisexual.
Anonymous
July 13th, 2015 4:43am
It can take time for a lot of people to figure this out. It's good to remember that when you find a label or a name that you feel represents you, it might not be as relevant in the future. It's always a fair idea to try asking those who are knowledgeable about the LGBTQIA+ community, and people can definitely help lead you down the right path, but ultimately you're the expert on you. Take some time to sit down and think about who you are. With some research and introspective, I'm positive that you'll find your identity!
Emily619
July 22nd, 2015 3:14pm
Telling a close friend how you feel about sexual attraction may help you figure out your sexual identity. They will support you.
beautifulRose92
August 6th, 2015 11:40am
something that you could try to figure out your sexual identity would be to go and experiment with deifferent things
JeepJackson
December 1st, 2015 3:16am
Digging deep, figuring out what you like in a person, sexually or emotionally, and then you got it..
Anonymous
February 9th, 2016 11:13pm
Learning more about sexual identities, and finding out which one most reflects your feelings, and attitude.
SoftDreamer1
June 7th, 2016 1:45am
I highly recommend two things: research and television shows. This answer may sound silly, but please hear me out. When I was coming to terms with my sexuality, I didn't know where to look for information and I was so desperate to find out what exactly it means to be lgbtq+. So what did I do? I researched and read anything I could get my hands on. The Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project, GLAAD have some really helpful information and guides on lgbtq+ issues. As for television shows, I was constantly watching shows that included lgbtq+ characters. This helped me so much. I recommend The L Word (a bit unrealistic, but still helpful). If you need someone to talk to, please contact me!
Tabs92
June 12th, 2016 8:39am
You, you and only you. Sexual identities develop with you as you grow in your life. They are a formulation of your desires, fantasies and more important, your own self identity. Now, it's you who has decide it eventually as it's you who feels. Just take a step, forget what people say and enjoy your life. However, whatever decisions you make, be satisfied. It's all about contentment and happiness.
Anonymous
July 4th, 2016 5:53am
Asking yourself what specifically you are attracted to. Really evaluate how you feel, read through descriptions of different sexualities and decide which you relate to the most.
sweetSnow24
July 25th, 2017 8:59pm
Ask yourself some questions: Lately was I more attracted to specific people? Or not attracted to anyone ever at all? How do I imagine a couple life and sexual relationships? Also, have some experiences, listen to yourself, try new things but remember to stay comfortable and safe! Finally, don't pressure yourself too hard on figuring everything out and putting yourself definitely in a box! There is no urgent need for anyone to do that, just stay confident on what you feel. Some people take the time to figure out their sexual identity (either sexuality or gender it applies to all) some other change many times on the road and others don't ever label themselves and in every case it is fine! :)
Makayla124
May 22nd, 2018 6:55am
The best way to help you figure out your sexual identity is thought. What thoughts are you sexually attracted to? Is it thoughts of men, women, both, neither? Thoughts and fantasies are the safest and best way to discover your sexuality since it is just a conversation with yourself, and no one has to know that you are trying to figure it out.
Aayla
August 13th, 2019 11:32am
You can analyze your feelings and sensations about men and women. Maybe you can imagine yourself with men and women and see how that makes you feel, whatever feels good determines your orientation! You can also experiment if you think it would help you, but it's not necessary, it's really all about how you feel rather than what you have experienced.