Your sexuality is definitely a big part of who you are as a person and it is connected to your overall health and well-being. So it is always a good idea to get to know more about your feelings of being male or female, of who you are attracted to and how to navigate the weird pathways of relationships with others.
As seen in the circle of sexuality (diagram below), building your sexuality is a lifelong process and has a lot to do with how you feel about yourself and others. So remember SEXUALITY IS NOT JUST ABOUT SEX!
How can we define sexuality in the Caribbean?
As Caribbean people, we talk about sex more often that we like to think. If you listen closely to any one of the most popular songs in dancehall, soca and even calypsos you may find the hidden messages about Caribbean sexuality. There is a quite a connection between Caribbean sexuality and our popular culture.
It is also important to note that Caribbean sexuality is also based on values. Some families and religions have particular values regarding sexuality.
Just Different- Atypical Sexuality (Sexuality and U)
Some people take comfort in labelling their sexuality: gay or straight, dominant or submissive, and so on. Having that label allows people to feel part of a group and to get support from others. But what if you’re unable or unwilling to pin down your sexuality in this way?
Perhaps you’ve been attracted to both guys and girls. Perhaps you’re turned on by the thought of being the “doer” or the “done to,” sexually speaking. Perhaps you’ve experimented with cross-dressing or even “passing” as the opposite gender, but don’t wish to take a permanent step in that direction. You may identify with the Aboriginal concept of a “two-spirit” person: someone who has both male and female identities.
Homophobia is another issue that affect you as youth.
What do you think about the homophobia in the Caribbean?