Gender and sexuality

Gender identity, gender role and sexual orientation are distinct aspects of a person’s make-up. 

These aspects are diverse and may encompass a spectrum, and this is natural. However, such variations do pose unique challenges, largely because of lack of knowledge and understanding of such diversity in the wider community.

Gender identity refers to a person’s internal sense of being male or female or other. 

Gender roles are determined by the expectations put upon us depending on whether we are perceived as being male or female.

Sexual orientation refers to a person’s enduring romantic, physical, emotional attraction to a particular sex (or sexes in the case of bisexuality). Sexual orientation can be both innate and fluid throughout life. 

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