YHS Cares

York High School's dedicated website to pupil health and wellbeing.

Sex and Gender

  • Definition
    Sex is biological, it’s about your body and the physical parts that people use to decide if bodies are male, female or not clearly just on or the other.
    Gender is how society thinks we should look, think and act as either males or females.
    Gender identity is how we feel about our sex and our gender and how we express those feelings with how we dress and act.
  • Signs
    You have a physical, romantic and/or emotional attraction to people of the opposite sex

    You are attracted to people of the same sex or gender (also known as homosexual)

    When you are a female and you are physically and/or emotionally attracted to other females

    You are physically, romantically and/or emotionally attracted to people whose gender and sexuality is the same as yours as well as being attracted to people whose gender and sexuality is different to yours

    When people feel the sex they have been raised as does not match how they feel inside

    You appear as and/or want to be considered as a member of the opposite sex to the one you were born with

    You have a physical, romantic and/or emotional attraction to people of any gender identity

    The fear or hatred of people who are not straight

    The fear or hatred of people who are believed to be transsexual or who don’t look, act or dress how other people believe they should based on their sex.
  • Advice
    No matter what gender you most identify with, you have a right to enjoy your body and your sexual experiences and you have a right to healthy relationships.

    If you are confused or unsure about your sex or gender identity, you feel you have to keep quiet about your sexuality or gender identity or you believe you are experiencing bullying or unkind comments or behaviours from people because of your identity then talk to someone. Keeping quiet can lead to more uneasy or difficult feelings, experiences of depression and/or other psychological problems.

    Talk to someone you trust, a friend, an adult, a teacher, GP or counsellor or use the links below to read more or to speak to someone confidentially by telephone.
  • Where can i get help?
    In school you can talk to the following people:
    A friend
    Your Tutor
    A YHS Wellbeing Advisor
    Jill Womack – Pupil Welfare Officer
    Noreen Reid – Pastoral Mentor (Drop in sessions Tuesday & Wednesday during break and lunchtime)
    Tracey Neilson – Stonewall Schools Champion

    In the community
    Talk to your parents or GP

    Childline (Free) 0800 1111