Sexual Orientation & Coming Out

Northside Clinic - Coming Out

Sexual orientation is a term that includes many aspects including sexual attraction (who a person is sexually attracted to), sexual behaviour (who a person has sex with), and sexual identity (which label and/or community a person identifies with, be that lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, heterosexual or other labels). All variations of sexual orientation are normal and should not to be regarded as forms of illness, pathology or immorality.

Gender identity and expression, and intersex variations are separate to sexual orientation. People with any sexual orientation might identify with any gender and/or might have an intersex variation.

Knowing when, where and how to come out as same sex attracted person is important. Some people find coming out easy and others need support and help to deal with negative attitudes. It can be very useful to discuss these issues with a sensitive healthcare provider.

For more information:

  • Switchboard Victoria
    Switchboard offers support to the gender diverse, sex diverse and same sex attracted communities, and their supporters, through our telephone and web counselling services.
  • The Rainbow Network
    Provides connection to several same-sex attracted and gender diverse youth groups in Victoria, providing a list of groups, resources and other information.
  • Minus 18
    Alcohol and drug free events and support for SSAGQ young people under 18 years old.