Gender and sexuality can be connected but these are not the same.
Gender is not simply your sexuality but is used to express yourself. The link between gender and biological sex is made by many but doesn’t work for everybody. On the other hand, sexuality works to describe who you’re attracted to emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Everyone’s preferences and journey are different, and some have a longer timeline than others.
If you have questions or not sure if you’re transsexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, or any other sexual orientation it’s okay, we’re here to help. Social Economic Development Solutions Is a safe place where we answer questions, guide, and provide support.
Feel free to contact our director, Kakurah Ninslima, if you have questions for yourself or a friend who needs support. Kakurah can be reached by phone at 780-607-0543.
Coming out about your sexual orientation or gender identity is a very personal decision
Your decision about sexual orientation and gender identity is very personal, and 100% your choice whether you share that information. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before coming out:
- Is coming out something you really want to do or are you being pressured to do it?
- Many people are open about their opinions about sexuality and gender, but some are not. Do you have an idea about how the person you’re coming out to might react?
- Are you prepared for the reaction of the person you’re coming out to, even if the reaction is bad?
- Do you know where to go for support if you get a bad reaction?
- If you’re coming out to your parents or guardians, have you thought about what you’ll do if they react negatively? Would it still be safe to live at home? If not, where is another safe place you could go to?