Monday, November 10, 2014

Talking to Your Teen about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Hi, everyone! For those that weren't able to make it to the seminar on Sunday, I wanted to share the content I presented. First is a presentation on what sexual orientation and gender identity is. Below that PowerPoint you can find the definitions of words in the first slide after the title. The second PowerPoint is a presentation on how to talk to your teen about sexual orientation and gender identity.





  • Asexual: Person who is not sexually attracted to anyone or does not have a sexual orientation.
  • Bisexual: A person emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to males/men and females/women. This attraction does not have to be equally split between genders and there may be a preference for one gender over others.
  • Closeted (in the closet): a homosexual, bisexual, trans person or intersex person who will not or cannot disclose their sex, sexuality, sexual orientation or gender identity to their friends, family, co-workers, or society
  • Coming out: the process by which one accepts one’s own, sexuality, gender identity, or status as an intersexed person OR the process by which one shares one’s sexuality, gender identity, or intersexed status with others
  • Gender: a person’s non-biological masculinity or femininity
  • Gender Confirming Surgery/Sex Reassignment Surgery: Medical surgeries used to modify one’s body to be more congruent with one’s gender identity.
  • Gender Dysphoria: the condition of feeling one's emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to one's biological sex.
  • Homosexual: A person primarily emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to members of the same sex.
  • Intergender: A person whose gender identity is between genders or a combination of genders.
  • Intersexed person: Someone whose sex a doctor has a difficult time categorizing as either male or female. A person whose combination of chromosomes, hormones, internal sex organs, gonads, and/or genitals differs from one of the two expected patterns. Formerly called “hermaphrodite”
  • Lesbian: female-identified people attracted romantically, sexually, and/or emotionally to other female-identified people
  • LGBT/LGBTQ/LGBTQI: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Intersexed
  • Pangendered: A person whose gender identity is comprised of all or many gender expressions
  • Pansexual: A person who is sexually attracted to all or many gender expressions.
  • Queer: embraces a matrix of sexual preferences, orientations, and habits of the not-exclusively- heterosexual-and-monogamous majority. Queer includes lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans people, intersex persons, the radical sex communities, and many others
  • Sex: A medical term designating a certain combination of gonads, chromosomes, external gender organs, secondary sex characteristics and hormonal balances. Because usually subdivided into ‘male’ and ‘female’, this category does not recognize the existence of intersexed bodies
  • Transgender: A person who lives as a member of a gender other than that expected based on anatomical sex. Sexual orientation varies and is not dependent on gender identity.



As always, please leave comments, questions, and feedback in the comments section! I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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