Gender Identities

Gender identity is how we experience and define our gender based on what we align with and what we understand our options to be, and there are infinite possibilities. The gender binary is a social construct and in no way correlates with our sexuality or attraction. Gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual attraction are are all independent of one another and one does not result in the other.

In a therapeutic context, the client, as always, is the expert on themselves and should be given the option to present to the therapist who they are, if they feel the space is safe enough to do so. It is never wise to make assumptions, rather, the therapist should allow the client to educate them on their experience and the therapist should respond with acceptance, love, and openminded curiosity. 

For more info, check out the Genderbread Person!

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