'Coming out' is an almost universal experience for non-cisgender and non-heterosexual people. While it isn't necessarily part of everyone's personal journey with their gender identity or sexuality, chances are that if you don't have a personal coming out story, you know a friend or relative who does. You might also unfortunately know of an outing story, where someone's sexuality or gender identity was disclosed without their consent. These are all parts of the vast and varied coming out process.
October 11th is National Coming Out Day (or NCOD), and it's meant to spread awareness about the LGBTQ+ coming out experience. Usually framed as part of a journey, 'coming out of the closet' generally involves disclosing your sexual or gender identity to others. It can be a very sensitive, scary and personal experience, but many people in the LGBTQ+ community report feeling much happier within themselves after coming out.
As many countries in the world move towards decriminalising homosexuality, legalising gay marriage and signing in legal protections against the discrimination of LGBTQ+ people, coming out is slowly becoming a less fraught process. In fact, with more young people than ever identifying as not-straight and not-cisgender, coming out is actually becoming less common than it used to be. This doesn't indicate that more people are becoming LGBTQ+ or that coming out is no longer necessary, but rather that it's becoming safer for people to identify as LGBTQ+ without fear or persecution.
Coming out has no age limit: whether you're 14 or 45, it's never too late to confirm your gender identity or sexuality for yourself. We've rounded up advice on things to consider before you come out, and some tips on how to do it in style, once you're ready.
Although we might not think we do, many of us make mistakes when it comes to sex. The good thing is, once we know what these mistakes are, we can learn from them and improve our sex life. So, here are the five biggest sex mistakes and how to avoid them.
When Fifty Shades of Grey shot to mainstream stardom 10 years ago, it opened up a world of excitement for people who might not have delved into their fantasies before.
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In the UK, cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35. It’s also one of the most preventable thanks to cervical screening, which is estimated to save 5,000 lives a year. So why is the number of people going for screening the lowest it’s been in two decades?
Lovehoney’s Anna Frost shares her personal experience, and her top tips for managing smear test anxiety.
For many trans people who have not had gender-affirming bottom surgery, sex and masturbation can be a minefield. ‘Traditional’ ways of masturbating - especially with your hands - can trigger feelings of gender dysphoria, ranging from mild discomfort to utter revulsion. As the Sexual Happiness people, we at Lovehoney want everyone to have the most fulfilling sex life possible, and sometimes that can mean thinking outside of the box.
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For our final installment, we get to hear from not one... but two fantastic guests! First, we have Dr Megan Fleming, a world-renowned speaker, Clinical Psychologist, and Lovehoney's Sex & Relationships expert. As a successful marriage counsellor and sex therapist with over 15 years of clinical experience, Dr Megan blends neuroscience and academic experience to help couples build relationships they love to love.
Secondly, we hear from Dr Justin Lehmiller, Lovehoney's Scientific Advisor, award winning social psychologist, research fellow at the Kinsey Institute, and author of books such as 'Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life' and 'The Psychology of Human Sexuality'. He has published articles in some of the leading journals on sex and relationships, written two textbooks, and produces the popular blog, Sex & Psychology.
These two intellectual powerhouses talk all things anal masturbation - why to do it, how to do it, and the best toys to take your solo play to a new level.