Questioning (sexuality and gender)

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The questioning of one's gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or all three is a process of exploration by people who may be unsure, still exploring, and concerned about applying a social label to themselves for various reasons.wikipedia
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Adolescence

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Becoming aware of sexual feelings is a normal developmental task of adolescence.
Many adolescents may choose to come out during this period of their life once an identity has been formed; many others may go through a period of questioning or denial, which can include experimentation with both homosexual and heterosexual experiences.

Sexual identity

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The questioning of one's gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or all three is a process of exploration by people who may be unsure, still exploring, and concerned about applying a social label to themselves for various reasons.

LGBT

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The letter "Q" is sometimes added to the end of the acronym LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender); the "Q" can refer to either queer or questioning.
To recognize this inclusion, a popular variant adds the letter Q for those who identify as queer or are questioning their sexual identity; has been recorded since 1996.

The Trevor Project

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An example of a national organization dedicated to providing crisis intervention, support and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ youths is The Trevor Project.
The Trevor Project is an American non-profit organization founded in 1998 focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

Coming out

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Some youths avoid coming out or even acknowledging their sexual orientation because of homophobia.

Sexual maturation disorder

A disorder of anxiety or depression related to an uncertainty about one's gender identity or sexual orientation has been classified as sexual maturation disorder by the World Health Organization in the ICD-10, under "Psychological and behavioural disorders associated with sexual development and orientation".

Gender

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The questioning of one's gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or all three is a process of exploration by people who may be unsure, still exploring, and concerned about applying a social label to themselves for various reasons.

Sexual orientation

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The questioning of one's gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or all three is a process of exploration by people who may be unsure, still exploring, and concerned about applying a social label to themselves for various reasons.

Lesbian

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The letter "Q" is sometimes added to the end of the acronym LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender); the "Q" can refer to either queer or questioning.

Gay

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The letter "Q" is sometimes added to the end of the acronym LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender); the "Q" can refer to either queer or questioning.

Transgender

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The letter "Q" is sometimes added to the end of the acronym LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender); the "Q" can refer to either queer or questioning.

Queer

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The letter "Q" is sometimes added to the end of the acronym LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender); the "Q" can refer to either queer or questioning.

Bisexuality

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The letter "Q" is sometimes added to the end of the acronym LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender); the "Q" can refer to either queer or questioning.

Sexual fluidity

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The understanding that one does not need to apply any type of gender or sexuality label to oneself is relatively publicly and socially prominent in the modern day, along with gender and sexual fluidity, which is also more openly discussed and accepted in today's society.

Personal identity

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While some youths have little to no issue in self-identifying, many youths encounter a great deal of confusion and uncertainty at this stage.

Gender identity

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They may have issues in understanding their sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity, or whether or not they fit into any preconceived social normative labels.

American Psychological Association

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The American Psychological Association states: Adolescence can be a period of experimentation, and many youths may question their sexual feelings.

Sex assignment

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The assigned sex of a person at birth, otherwise known as natal sex, is not always interchangeable with the terms gender identity and gender role.

Prenatal sex discernment

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The assigned sex of a person at birth, otherwise known as natal sex, is not always interchangeable with the terms gender identity and gender role.

Masculinity

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Gender identity is not the same as gender role; gender identity is a core sense of self, whereas gender role involves the adaptation of socially constructed markers (clothing, mannerism, behaviours) traditionally thought of as masculine and feminine.

Femininity

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Gender identity is not the same as gender role; gender identity is a core sense of self, whereas gender role involves the adaptation of socially constructed markers (clothing, mannerism, behaviours) traditionally thought of as masculine and feminine.

Heteronormativity

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Heteronormativity can contribute to the hesitation of youths in being public with their gender identity and sexuality.

Homophobia

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Some youths avoid coming out or even acknowledging their sexual orientation because of homophobia.

Gender binary

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With regard to gender identity, terms for those who do not comply to the gender binary system are, for example, genderqueer, agender, or gender neutral.

Non-binary gender

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With regard to gender identity, terms for those who do not comply to the gender binary system are, for example, genderqueer, agender, or gender neutral.