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Is it Just a Phase

Published: November 01, 2013
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I'm a 13 year old girl and confused about my sexual orientation. For the past year, I've had crushes on girls. Is it possible to know that you are gay/lesbian/bi at this age i.e. 12-13 years old, or is it just a phase I'm going through?

Dear Is it Just a Phase,

The answer to your question is yes on both counts. A few young people recognize and are comfortable with their sexual orientation at a young age. Many have a notion of what their sexual orientation is, but it takes time for to develop a clear understanding of their sexuality, which is part of the overall process of discovering one’s self. There are a lot of phases that adolescents go through and sexuality is one of them.

Your sexual orientation or preference will eventually emerge and it is going to be a part of who you are as a person. The most important issue that you embrace all parts of yourself and not allow anyone to make you feel that you are inferior in anyway.

 

 

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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