This page is intended to help area schools, youth organizations, and parents in their efforts to support gender inclusiveness and sexual orientation diversity so that all youth can thrive. (Note: click on the logo or image for content. SBFC will remain open in your bowser.)

The Spectrum of Gender Identity and Sexuality

Understanding Gender Identity -- It's Not About Sexuality

While our gender may begin with the assignment of our sex, it doesn’t end there. A person’s gender is the complex interrelationship between three dimensions:

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– Body: our body, our experience of our own body, how society genders bodies, and how others interact with us based on our body.

– Identity: our deeply held, internal sense of self as male, female, a blend of both, or neither; who we internally know ourselves to be.

– Expression: how we present our gender in the world and how society, culture, community, and family perceive, interact with, and try to shape our gender. Gender expression is also related to gender roles and how society uses those roles to try to enforce conformity to current gender norms.

Each of these dimensions can vary greatly across a range of possibilities. A person’s comfort in their gender is related to the degree to which these three dimensions feel in harmony. Let’s explore each of these dimensions in a little more detail. READ MORE from genderspectrum

Recommended Gender Identity Video Series

View this National Geographic video series, hosted by Katie Couric. 

 

Recommended National LGBTQ+ Resources 

Gender spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. Explore Topics, access resources, and download the parent handbook. Great articles, including Affirming Parenting Practices.

The Trevor project provides extensive support to LGBTQ+ youth. This link will take you to a comprehensive resource page to find answers to frequently asked questions and explore resources related to sexual orientation and gender identity. 

It Bets Better Project is a not-for-profit which offers thousands of free It Gets Better© videos shared with them by LGBTQ+ youth, along with their original content series

 

Online Community and Support

TheTrevor Support Center offers a 24/7 Life line, online instant messaging with a TrevorChat counselor, and TrevorText support. 

The Lounge is a space for teens, parents, and professionals to connect with one another. Members can form their own groups and participate in our broader online community. Meet new people and connect with friends and colleagues online. The Lounge also offers peer support.

Recommended Movie 

In theaters now, Love Simon (click on image to view trailer)

 


South Bay Resources

Recommended SBFC blog from a South Bay Mother and Therapist

My goal is to provide insights, guidance, compassion, and resources to help you support your child as they let go of the secrets and fear, and step into honesty about who they truly are (gender identity) or who they feel attracted to (sexual orientation).
— Linda Reeves, MA, LMFT

 

Related Resources on South Bay Families Connected

Creating a Culture of Inclusion in the South Bay

Crisis Resources

For All South Bay parents

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