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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

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Shannon Leoni

on 27 March 2015

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Transcript of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
LGBT youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide as their straight peers.
In Shannon's role as Social and Emotional Counselor, numerous students have disclosed varied gender and sexual identities.

It is important that teachers are not only aware of these varying identities, but also of the potential for bullying that can occur because of it.

Sexual Orientation terms and definitions
What's the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity?
Sexual orientation is the term used to describe what gender(s) someone is sexually and/or romantically attracted to.
ex) Gay, Lesbian, Heterosexual
Why is this important?
Gender identity is how a person views themselves in regards to the gender they were assigned at birth and the gender they currently identify with.

Many of the terms that we're defining are self-identifications, and may mean different things to different people.

Everyone has the right to decide how and if they identify.
Why are we talking about this?
ex.) Male, Female, Transgender
Nearly 50 % transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives, and 25% report having made a suicide attempt.
Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average.
Sexual Orientation Terms and Definitions
Here are some issues of importance that the members of
The Alliance
have identified at ISB.
Be aware of different gender identities and the use of different pronouns (ex. They, them, theirs)
Teachers should not try not to make assumptions about the gender of students' partners or future partners
Be aware of what issues LGBTQ youth may be experiencing
Be aware of sexual orientation terms and definitions

Gender Identity Terms and Definitions

Gender fluid/variant
Gender expression
Gender Identity
Where do we go from here?
What does it mean to be transgender?

Transgender: An umbrella term used to describe people who don't identify with the gender they were assigned at birth.

Male-to-female (MTF) may use preferred gender pronouns of she, her and hers, or other pronouns.

Female-to-male (FTM) may use preferred gender pronouns of he, his and his, or other pronouns.

Some trans* people may opt for sex reassignment surgery, such as changing genitalia and/or secondary sex characteristics (facial hair, breasts, etc.)
If a student discloses their sexual orientation or gender identity, the best thing to do is listen. Don't make assumptions about their identities. Try to use gender neutral language.

Respect where they are coming from, and ask questions as needed.

Be aware that although a student may not have 'come out' to you, they still may be experiencing harassment or bullying from their peers so we have to be the eyes and ears of the school.

Coming out

The Genderbread Person
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