Date: April 30, 2017

Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers late this evening and overnight. A few showers beginning before morning. Risk of a thunderstorm before morning. Wind northeast 30 km/h gusting to 50. Temperature steady near plus 5.

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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

This page was reviewed or revised on Friday, November 11, 2016 9:44 AM

When it comes to our attractions and our identities, we need to understand that sexual orientation and gender identity are diverse.

For some, discovering their sexual orientation or their gender identity may be simple; for others it may be a lifelong journey.

Sexual orientation is a term used to describe what gender(s) someone is sexually and/or romantically attracted to. While not necessary to label, some people may identify as lesbian, gay bisexual, queer, asexual, or straight. Everyone has their own sexual preference, and no matter what that may be, it is not wrong. A person should feel happy and fulfilled in their relationships.

Gender identity is different than sexual orientation and biological sex. It is more about what gender we feel inside. For some, their sense of gender matches their biological sex (i.e., cis gender); for others it does not (i.e., trans, 2 spirit, non-binary).

Biological sex is assigned based on the appearance of the genitals at birth. Intersex is a general term for when genitals do not fit the medical definition of male or female. People who are intersex may or may not identify with the biological sex assigned to them.

Call 519-383-8331 ext. 3547, toll free 1-800-667-1839 for more information, or if you would like to talk with a nurse at Lambton Public Health.

Sexual Health Clinic Schedule - includes hours and locations of sexual health clinics at Lambton Public Health.

Resources

Youth

Teen Health Source 

Healthcare and You

Rebound Sarnia-Lambton - Spectrum Support Group

Open Closet Youth Support Group - London

The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line - offers counselling to youth from youth.

Youth & Adults

Rainbow Health Ontario - LGBTQ2IA Definitions 

Navigating the Health Care System

Legal Information:

The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity

Canada Human Rights Trust - EGALE

Ontario Human Rights Commission

Trans People

Youth Trans Healthcare

Gender Creative Kids

Adults Trans Healthcare

Trans Lifeline-Crisis Line by Trans People

Sick Kids Hospital - Transgender Youth Clini

London Inter-Community Health Centre

Two-Spirit People

2 Spirited People of First Nations

Native Youth Sexual Health Network

Intersex People

Intersex Society of North America

Rainbow Health Ontario 

Asexual People

Asexual Visibility and Education Network

Family and Friends supporting LGBTQ2IA People

PFLAG Canada - Information for parents, friends, families and co-workers to support LGTBQ loved ones.

PFLAG London