Our teenage years are the most well known for being the time that we discover important parts of our identities such as sexuality, but questioning one's sexual orientation can actually occur at any age.
Not only is it common for many people to be better able to learn about their identities in adulthood, when they're no longer heavily impacted by hormone induced mood swings and drama, but sexuality can also change with age.
One study that examined sexual orientations of people from teenage years through early adulthood showed that changes occurred throughout the duration, noting that "Substantial changes were common not only from late adolescence to the early 20s but also from the early 20s to the late 20s, indicating that sexual orientation development continues throughout emerging adulthood."
No matter what age you are, or what your relationship and sexual background is, it's perfectly okay for you to delve further into understanding your own orientation. To help you best understand what you might be experiencing, we've broken down the various known sexual identities, along with how to find resources that can best guide you through your self discovery. Continue reading from VeryWellMind
Triangle Community Center (TCC) offers programs, services and events that provide critical and in some cases life-saving resources and assistance to the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County. (Norwalk, CT)
The mission of the Connecticut Trans Advocacy Coalition (CTAC) is to make Connecticut a safe and tolerant place for the trans and gender non-conforming individual through education and social advocacy. (Farmington, CT)
PFLAG Hartford offers support groups, advocacy and education for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ. (Hartford, CT)
A list of LGBT support links from Village Pediatrics. (Westport, CT)
Highlighted resources from across the state, with contact information for advocacy groups and organizations in the area.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. (National)
Anchor Health Initiative is a health care provider offering medical services to everyone in the community with particular expertise in the area of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and Transgender medicine. Anchor Health Initiative offers a welcoming, supportive and safe environment for the LGBTQ community.
Sexual Orientation (Planned Parenthood)
The Coming Out Handbook (The Trevor Project)
Read This Before Coming Out To Your Parents (outProud Via CT Gov)
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Definitions (Human Rights Campaign)
47 Terms That Describe Sexual Attraction, Behavior, and Orientation (Healthline)
Allosexual, Demisexual, Bicurious — & Other Sexualities You Need To Know (Refinery29)