Sexual Orientation vs Gender Identity

GENDER IDENTITY RELATIONSHIP TO SEXUAL ORIENTATION

Research shows that gender identity, in many cases, is independent of sexual orientation. For example, transgender men may be attracted to men, women or both, and transgender women may be attracted to men, women or both. Transgender men may also partner with other transgender men and transgender women, and transgender women may also partner with other transgender women and transgender men.

Everyone should be aware that beliefs around gender can, and often do, touch upon many aspects of life. These beliefs can manifest in a number of areas ranging from reactions toward clothing individuals wear to the pronouns used. It is important to demonstrate sensitivity to all, regardless of perceived gender, when communicating.1

1Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12-4684. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2012.