It is easily distinguished from other components of sexuality including biological sex, gender identity the psychological sense of being male or female , and the social gender role adherence to cultural norms for feminine and masculine behavior. Bisexual persons can experience sexual, emotional, and affectional attraction to both their own sex and the opposite sex. Persons with a homosexual orientation are sometimes referred to as gay both men and women or as lesbian women only. LGBTI individuals must come to terms with what it means to be different in a society that judges differences from the norm negatively. Some people are aware of their sexual identity early in their lives. Others become aware only after many years.
Helping children with gender identity confusion
Counseling transgender persons and their families - Counseling Today
Gender Spectrum has online groups where young people will find a safe space to talk with peers in discussions facilitated by trained staff. The Lounge is our online community, a space where you can connect with other young people, form your own groups, and more. View our collection of resources and answers to common questions to help all parents, caregivers or family members learn more about gender and youth. The Gender Spectrum Conference is for families with transgender, nonbinary and gender expansive children, with programs for parents, family members, young adults and children of all ages. Learn and Connect Youth.
Gender dysphoria, also known as gender identity disorder GID is when a person is born one gender, but is unhappy living that way. There are lots of children and young people who feel that their gender identity is not a complete match with the sex they were assigned at birth. Imagine your sense of self not matching your physical being - feeling this way can be very distressing.
Deciding to see a therapist about gender questions can be very intimidating. Will they try to talk me into being a certain gender? Will they try to talk me out of being a certain gender? Will they tell my parents everything I say?