Regardless of age, sexual orientation, sexual preference, cultural or religious background everyone deserves to have happy, healthy and honest relationships. Remember that it is OK to take your time making decisions when it comes to relationships, and don’t feel pressured to do anything you don’t want to. It’s also a good idea to talk to any potential partners about what you want. If you both have totally different expectations that’s where things can get messy!
Relationships can be fun, exciting, romantic, loving… but not necessarily all of the time. Even good relationships have tough times. A strong relationship isn’t instant, it takes work.
There are some things that you can do to help make your relationships work:
- Be open and honest with each other
- When you disagree, listen to one another, agree to disagree
- Spend some time apart and some time together
- Talk to each other (even when it’s difficult)
- If it’s really tough, try writing to one another
- Talk to others who have been in a relationship longer than you
Some people know from an early age what types of people they are attracted to. For others, trying to work out who you are attracted to can be confusing and challenging. Remember that whatever your sexual orientation it’s okay, and that there are people you can talk to about your feelings. It takes time to know who you are – it’s okay to question your sexuality and it’s okay to be unsure. Don’t feel pressured to explain your sexuality to others if you don’t want to – deciding whether to tell people or not is your choice.
Some other helpful websites:
Sexual Discrimination occurs when a person is treated less fairly than another on the basis of things like their sexual orientation, gender, marital status, if they are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Sexual discrimination of any sort is illegal in Tasmania under the Anti-discrimination Act (1998).
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