The way in which a person identifies with their Gender can match their assigned sex at birth, or can differ from it completely. Meaning an individual may be identified as female at birth, yet feel as though they are male within themselves. Or vice-versa. A person’s sexual preferences do not typically define or relate to their gender identity. Both men and women, whether they identify with their birth sex or not, can engage in a variety of sexual or romantic relationships. In the same way that sexual orientation can vary greatly, even within one person’s own preferences, so can gender identity, and the way in which, or level to which someone identifies with a certain gender can change over time. Realizing that you, a friend or loved one identifies with a gender different to your birth gender may be a relief, or it may be confusing. If you have questions, or would like more information or help with gender identity, there are many sources of support and information. If you feel you, your family or a loved one could use the guidance of a counselor to help answer questions or face challenges presented by gender identity, we are here to provide you with the resources you need.
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