'Lesbian' is the word used to describe the physical and emotional attraction of a woman or girl towards other females. The term 'gay' is often used to define men or boys who are attracted to other males. However, this term can also include lesbians.

You may feel worried and concerned that you feel different to your peers, or you may just have some questions and are not sure who to talk to. You may not know anyone else who is a lesbian that you could talk to and ask for help. This can be a lonely and isolating time.

Please remember that your feelings are quite natural and many people share your experiences. Support services and helplines are available which are run by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) people who understand and have come through their own difficulties to live happy and fulfilling lives. See the resources below for details.

You may want to speak to someone - someone who won't judge you or tell you what to do, but will listen to your thoughts, fears and feelings. Befriending centres can help. They will listen to your problems, whatever they are, in a caring and non-judgemental way. You don't have to tell them who you are, and everything you say will be treated in complete confidence.

If you want to talk to someone right now you can click here.

There are many resources available to GLBT people, we have listed some below. If you need help or support please click on the link marked 'I need help'.

Gay and lesbian information
I think I might be lesbian
Lesbianation (US) - online community for lesbians and resources
Terence Higgins Trust
International Helplines Directory
IGLYO - International GLBTQ Youth and Student Organisation
Albert Kennedy Trust - Providing safe, supportive homes for young people who would otherwise be homeless or in a hostile environment.

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