I'm a girl from Finland. I'm now 14, but I'll be 15 this year. I'm unsure about my sexual orientation. I've had crushesh on boys in the past but for a long time I haven't been intrested in them. I find girls very attractive. So I'm probably lesbian or bisexual.
I found this forum when I googled for lbgt forums. I'm looking for other people to talk with. In my real life I haven't told any one. In the internet I've talked with one girl like me and I actually met her in real life. I'm still feeling myself really lonely because of this sexual orientation thing (and other reasons, too).
I love playing piano. I also like singing though I'm not so good at it. I also love reading and writing, my favorite books are Harry Potter and Emily of the New Moon series. I think I could also list school as one of my interests because I like studying, especially languages. I know Finnish and English (of course) and a bit of Swedish. I'd like to learn more and actually I'm going to start to read Latin or Italian in high school.
That's my introduction, hopefully there's not mistakes in my spelling.
Wow - only 14 and so accomplished already! I only know one language! I get the feeling you are going to go really far in life - and it won't matter if you are straight, gay or bi. Your sexual orientation will become clear as time goes by. If you want to talk with others, try to find an lgbt center in Finland.
Here is a link I found to SETA in Finland which is an lgbt rights site and I bet you will find something to help you out here: http://www.seta.fi/en.php
There are several people in this forum who are experiencing the same emotions as you. They have listed in Support or Introduce yourself. You can always send them a PM so that it is more personal and less open to the public!
Here is some info I found on lgbt history in Finland:
Seta is a national LGBTI rights non-governmental organization, founded in 1974. Seta has member organizations and supporting members throughout Finland. The member organizations welcome everyone; lesbians, gays, bisexuals, straight people, transgendered and intersexed as well as their straight friends.
Seta is supported by RAY, (Finland's Slot Machine Association); the Ministry of Education and the municipalities. We also raise funds through donations, membership fees and agreements of co-operation.
The major decision-making body of Seta is the annual Representatives' Assembly. The activity is managed by the Board and the staff is lead by the Secretary General. Seta has several employees based in its office at Pikku-Huopalahti, Helsinki; however voluntary civic action plays a central role in all its activities.
Seta – LGBT Rights in Finland
1889 Homosexuality is considered a crime in the new penalty code, and punishable by a maximum of two years imprisonment
1969 The first gay rights organization in Finland, Psyke ry, is founded
1971 Homosexuality is decriminalized; however its "promotion" remains illegal
1974 Seta ry is founded
1981 Homosexuality is removed from the illness classification list
1991 Seta is transformed into a central organisation of LGBT associations. Local Seta associations are founded in different parts of Finland.
1994 The Trans Support Centre is founded
1995 Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is prohibited
1999 The Criminal Code is revised, setting the age of consent equal for same-sex and straight sexual relations. The prohibition of "promotion of homosexuality" is finally removed
2001 The law on "registered partnership" is adopted. The law is similar to the law on marriage, with exception for the the rights to take the spouse's surname and to adopt children.
2002 The law on gender confirmation for transsexual persons comes into force.
2004 The new Equality Act is adopted, prohibiting direct and indirect discrimination and harassment based on age, ethnic or national origin, citizenship, language, religion, belief, opinion, health, disability, sexual orientation or any other ground in connection to the person.
2005 The new act on gender equality comes into force. The act applies also for discrimination faced by trans people.
2006 The law on assisted insemination is passed in the parliament. The law allows treatments also for single women and female couples. Before the law a number of clinics have provided treatments for female couples. Surrogacy is illegal.
2009 Internal adoption for same-sex couples is legalized
Oh, thanks! I appreciate that somebody seems willing to help me. I've known Seta for years. I'm thinking about takeing part on their summer activities to meet other lgbt people, if I dare. And I think I'm not that accomplished. Englihs is just the language you have to know. But thanks still for the compliment, I hope you're right and I will get far. And really, thanks for takeing your time to help me.
You are very welcome. That is what this site is for. Please keep us posted and post any additional information you may find that may help others. Hopefully you can connect with others on this site who are going through the same thing. You can always PM them and talk privately.