Watch the Out-Spoken video series
Check out our new video series, Out-Spoken, where we talk sexuality, gender identity and everything in between with young people in the LGBTIQA+ community.*
Helpful articles and resources
what is gender identity?
building healthy romantic relationships
understanding sexual consent
Read our past group chat transcripts
headspace regularly host group chats led by mental health professionals, covering a range of different topics. All group chat transcripts are available to read on the headspace website. You might be interested in one of the below chats:
Sexual education is super important, even though it is sometimes a little awkward to talk about. Feeling informed about sex helps us to keep ourselves safe in many ways, whether it be with consent, contraception or just pleasure.
Stereotypes about gender and sexuality seem to pop up everywhere. These stereotypes are often narrow and non-representative. It’s important to be able to debunk stereotypes, so you feel comfortable to be whoever you want to be.
The way you want to describe your gender and sexuality, and who you share that with, is completely up to you. For some people, exploring their sexuality or gender can feel daunting because they’re worried about other people’s reactions. If someone is making you feel badly about yourself, remember there is nothing wrong with you.
Social transitioning, or social affirmation, means different things to different people. It can include things you do for yourself such as choice of clothes, though to how you engage in society though to things such as your choice of groups to hang out with. Steps in social transitioning that are important for some people, might not be as important for others, and there is no “right” or “wrong” way to socially transition.
Try our interactive activity on self compassion
Information for family & friends
Are you supporting a young person? Discover our resources on gender identity and sexuality.
*The young people you see in the above videos are passionate advocates for youth mental health and the LGBTIQA+ community. headspace celebrates the diversity within and across LGBTIQA+ communities. headspace acknowledges the videos represent a subset of both diversity and intersectional identities.
There is a wide range of terms and language related to bodies, gender, sexual orientation, sexual attraction, sexual behaviour, and legal and medical processes, and this language is constantly evolving. You may find some of the words in these videos useful to explore your identity, however you may not relate to some of the terms, or you may relate to a term for a period of time, all of this exploration is part of your experience and is valid.
Just a reminder the views and experiences of these young people in these videos are their own and may not reflect your experiences.