The Best Books About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity For Tweens
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Being a tween is weird. At this preadolescent age you are still mostly a kid, but your body is starting to change (or will soon), and you are curious about the next phase of life. I remember asking my mom to tell me exactly where I would grow hair and telling her the first time I read about kissing in The Saddle Club and how it made me feel things.
And while sex positivity has definitely come a long way over the years, sexual orientation can still be confusing for many tweens, especially because LBGTQ+ relationships aren't often taught in schools. Parents should never assume their child's sexual orientation or gender identity. Let them know that one of the things that's normal to think about at this age is who they are attracted to and how they identify.
Remember, sexual orientation is about who you're attracted to and want to have relationships with. This includes gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, and more. On the other hand, gender identity is about who you are — male, female, genderqueer, transgender, nonbinary, and more — and doesn't correlate to the sex assigned at birth. To help your tweens understand more about this topic, get them one of these books on sexual orientation and/or gender identity.