Sexuality is a complex and multi-faceted part of the human experience. The journey in understanding our sexuality can sometimes be complicated. Therapy can often be useful as a safe place to explore one’s identity. Whether we find ourselves questioning our sexual or romantic attraction (i.e., sexual orientation- Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgendered, Queer, Intersexual, Asexual-LGBTQIA), or our identity as male, female or transgender (gender identity), the journey in understanding our sexuality can be complicated and psychologically difficult.
Unfortunately, too often, people who identity themselves on the LGBTQAI (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgendered, Queer, Intersexual, Asexual-LGBTQIA) continuum can experience a great deal of distress, both within themselves and with others in their lives and communities. Confusion, shame, fear, anxiety, depression, discrimination, and lack of acceptance are a few among the many distressing experiences faced by those who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, queer, intersexual, and asexual.
Gender identity is a subjective and very individual experience with several contributing factors including social biology, social norms, etc. Along the spectrum of gender identity, at times, people experience a misalignment between their physical sex and their gender identity (i.e., transgender). For others, there is a neutral or genderless self-identification (i.e., agendered), and sometimes, a person’s gender identity does not fit within the conventional male-female categories, but rather their identity is somewhere in between or comprises all genders. A lack of, or struggle with self-acceptance and/or social acceptance by family, friends, and community can often lead to experiences of anxiety, depression, or relationship difficulties.
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