Sexual and Gender Identity

Information and Resources

If you (or someone you know) are questioning or exploring your sexual or gender identity, you are not alone. People are becoming more aware that sexual orientation and gender identity is more complicated and involves more than just the categories of either gay or straight, or male or female.  Also, there is greater understanding that someone’s gender may or may not match biological sex. As you or someone you know starts to explore and express a new gender identity externally, it is possible that there will be challenges from others. Of course, reactions will be different depending on the environment and some may not cause any concern at all, but it’s good to be aware of situations that others have found difficult. These resources may help sort through some of the ideas related to sexual and gender identity.
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Other resources about gender identities:

  • Exploring Gender Identity. Learn more
  • Debunking LGBTQ Myths and Stereotypes. Learn more  
  • LGBT Canadians share their stories for the It Gets Better Project, including Rick Mercer, Rex Harrington, Diane Flacks, Tommy Smythe, Enza Anderson, the cast of MTV’s 1g5g, Joeffer Caoc, David Dixon, Deb Pearce, Peter Fallico and many more. Learn more 


This refers to the internal sense of being male, female, both, or neither.

This refers to a person whose internal gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth.

This refers to someone who expresses gender identity in a wider and more flexible manner, sometimes changing from day to day. Someone who identifies as gender fluid may at times feel male and at other times feel female, or may not feel either.

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Need someone to talk to and point you in a right direction? Ready to talk?

  • Emergency. If it’s an emergency, please contact your hospital or dial 911.
  • Confidential non-judgmental LGBTQ Support: http://www.youthline.ca/
  • LGBTQ and having a tough time: Support for mental health issues http://us.reachout.com/
  • Social Network for LGTBQ youth:  http://www.justleftthecloset.com/
  • Call or chat online
    You can call Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or chat with a Kids Help Phone counselor online in a Live Chat.
  • Kinark Services. If you have a question about Kinark’s services, please call us at 1-888-454-6275.