Everyone has a sexual orientation and a gender identity.
When someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity does not conform to the majority, they are often seen as a valid target for discernment or abuse.
Sexual orientation covers sexual desires, feelings, practices and identification. Sexual orientation can be towards people of the same or different sexes.
Gender identity refers to the compound relationship between sex and gender referring to a person’s experience of self-expression in relation to social categories of masculinity or femininity (gender). A person’s subjectively felt gender identity may be at variance with their sex or physiological characteristics.
Each of us has a biological sex — whether we are female or male [or intersex].
Our gender is our social and legal status as men or women. And sexual orientation is the term used to label whether a person feels sexual desire for people of the other gender, same gender, or both genders.
I am homosexual and I don’t identify myself as female. Whereas, I know of people whom identify themselves as female, cross dress and is living that life (not to be mistaken for drag queens).
Coming to terms with your sexual orientation or/ and gender identity is hard [I know] but with support from your loved ones and educating them about what you’re going through will be beneficial in the long run.
So there’s a difference between Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
How do you identify yourself despite your sexual orientation?
Article published in The Pink Tongue October 2014