How do I know if Im a lesbian or not?
Lesbians are women who are attracted to other women. This can be a physical attraction, emotional attraction or sexual attraction. If youre a woman attracted to women, you might be a lesbian. Or you might be bisexual or you might simply be a straight women who is attracted to a friend. It may take you some time to determine which one you are.
Some women claim to have known from a very early age that they were lesbian, or at least knew that there was something different about themselves. Others dont come out until their forties, fifties and even later, after having spent years in a heterosexual marriage. Whatever your situation, what is most important is that youre taking the time now to try and figure it out and get to know yourself better.
I think Im a lesbian, but Ive never had sex with a girl.
Thats okay. Most straight people know that they are attracted to the opposite sex before they ever actually have sex. Theres no need to rush to have sex to find out if youre a lesbian or not. Do what feels natural to you.
What percentage of the population is lesbian?
A statistic like that is hard to figure out. Theres no census form that counts gay and lesbian people. And even if there were, people have good reason to keep things like that under wraps. Even though weve made some strides in the last decade, in most states it is still legal to fire someone because they are gay or lesbian.
A study of human sexuality in the 1950s determined that most people have some degree of attraction to both sexes. The generally accepted figure is that ten percent of the population is gay or lesbian.
Is lesbianism normal?
Lesbianism is normal for lesbians. You cannot determine who you are attracted to any more than you can determine the color of your eyes.
Where can I turn for more help?
The internet is a great resource. Spend some time browsing these pages. If youre under 21, check out the youth resources. Read about bisexuality. If youre Black, Asian, Latina or Native American, check out the resources for Lesbians of color.