Date: October 21, 2017

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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

This page was reviewed or revised on Friday, September 22, 2017 11:01 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. At times, the diagnosis disorders of sex development (DSD) may be used as a general medical classification for congenital conditions that cause atypical sex development. People who are intersex or who are diagnosed with DSD 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.

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