As a follow-up to our month of community outreach on the pressing subject of bullying, we bring you a month of discussion of that stickiest of subjects, sexuality.
As most of you are at the age where you're starting to discover your sexuality, we believe it imperative to act as a safe space for questions and discussions of all stripes. And it's open for all ages, because there are always questions.
This is not a relationship advice month, although as always those questions are free to ask. But the focus this month is on topics such as social issues, confronting sexuality-based discrimination, and what to do when your sexuality isn't what you thought it was. For instance, I'm 31 and only realized that I wasn't straight like I had assumed most of my life.
Some basic terms to get you started:
Heterosexual: aka "straight". Attracted to the opposite sex.
Homosexual: aka "gay". Attracted to the same sex.
Bisexual: Attracted to both sexes.
Pansexual: Attracted to people no matter their sex.
Asexual: Attracted to no one. This, however, does not rule out romantic attachment (although it's possible). Simply that there is no desire for actual intercourse.
Kinsey Scale: A sexuality scale based on a then-controversial (1948) study by Alfred Kinsey that first explored and showed the fluidity of sexuality on a scale of X through 6. According to it, very few people are entirely gay or straight and have only tendencies towards one sex or another rather than a strict line.
During this month we will help you clear up misconceptions about all of these groups, as well as what it means to have those terms as part of your identity.
Remember that Bulbagarden is a safe space. Keep any and all bigotry under your hat or you WILL be brought under Bulbagarden law.
Due to the lateness of this post, this "month" will run until the end of September. Although you're always free to discuss these things, of course. Just right now they're being spotlit.