If you are just beginning to be aware of romantic or sexual attraction to other women your feelings might have taken you by surprise. Most of the relationships which are visible to us at home, in society and in the media are straight relationships and most of us grow up thinking our relationships will follow suit - or feel that our relationships are expected to be straight.
Around 1 in 10 people are gay, lesbian or bisexual. Most major UK cities have thriving LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) communities and there are plenty of ways to meet like-minded people.
Some women know as children that boys are not for them. Others begin to be attracted to other women in their teens or early twenties. Some women will form relationships with men, have children and perhaps grandchildren before they first become aware of their attraction to women. No matter how old you are, this period can feel really confusing, upsetting and inconvenient. But remember that these negative feelings are temporary, and there are organizations that can help you get your head around what’s happening.