Sexual Identity and Gender Dysphoria

People who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) community can experience confusion, discrimination and in some cases bullying or violence due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Those with gender dysphoria may feel: That their biological gender is incorrect That they are a member of the opposite sex who is in the wrong body That the binary gender system is not appropriate, and instead wish to identify themselves elsewhere on a spectrum. Consequently, this can mean they are uncomfortable living in the world as a member of their own biological or genetic sex. Often realised in adolescence, this can be a very confusing time for the young person. However, for others, they may only begin to accept or explore their identity in adulthood. This can be challenging and may require extra support. People may also experience feelings of shame. As a result, they may feel unable to talk to friends or family members out of fear of not being accepted for who they really are. At The Eaves, we have experienced practitioners to support you through whatever you may be feeling. Our specialist counsellors and psychotherapists offer a safe, confidential space for you to talk if you are struggling with feelings surrounding sexual orientation or gender identity, undergoing gender reassignment, or experiencing discrimination.

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Gender dysphoria is a term that describes a sense of unease that a person may have because of a mismatch between their biological sex and their gender identity. This sense of unease or dissatisfaction may be so intense it can lead to depression and anxiety and have a harmful impact on daily life.

Gender identity refers to our sense of who we are and how we see and describe ourselves. Most people identify as “male” or “female”. These are sometimes called “binary” identities. But some people feel their gender identity is different from their biological sex.

The exact cause of gender dysphoria is unclear. Gender development is complex and there are still things that are not known or fully understood. Gender dysphoria is not related to sexual orientation. People with gender dysphoria may identify as straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual.