Fabulous Japanese Poster Explains Sexual Orientation to School Children

“Who Will You Come to Like?” asks this poster outside a nurses office at Saitama Prefecture’s Sayama Keizai School in Japan. Using clear, non-judgmental illustrations,  the chart explains straight, gay, bisexual, and asexual identities as well as explanations of how sexual orientation is discovered, and how it is innate and cannot be modified by outside pressures. Here is a translation:

When young people reach puberty they often like other people this is called sexual attraction. Depending on who a person likes, this is their sexual orientation. Most are heterosexual, but people who are homosexual and bisexual are not altogether a small group. Sexual orientation is innate and it cannot be changed by intervention, so there is no need to change your preferences.

However, adolescence is a time when one generally discovers their sexual orientation. When it comes to understanding one’s sexual orientation, one should take as much time as is needed.

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Love it! Oh, how I wish they had these at my school when I was growing up. Then maybe I wouldn’t have wasted years trying to understand why I was in love with Jethro from The Beverly Hillbillies.

(Also, after staring at the chart for a while, I gotta say that girl in pink sure has a messy love life. She likes the boy in blue, and while he likes her, he also seems to be pining for the boy in brown cardigan – which can’t end well. Meanwhile the poor girl in orange is lusting after her, and I’m not sure she reciprocates those feelings.)

(via ROYGBIV)

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