Our goal at AVAIYA is to support everyone in learning about their sexuality and the sexuality of others.
The more we learn on every topic, the more we are able to understand our ONEness.
Please share your thoughts and ideas here in a positive & constructive manner.
No ONE likes to be attacked and through positive, peaceful education, we will continue changing the world for the better.
Also, let us know if we need to change the language on anything as we continue this journey together.
Below is a brief article from Planned Parenthood that attempts to provide a basic understanding to begin from:
Each of us has a biological sex â€” whether we are female, male, or intersex. Our gender is our social and legal status as men or women. And sexual orientation is the term used to describe whether a person feels sexual desire for people of the other gender, same gender, or both genders.
Each of us has a gender and gender identity. Our gender identity is our deepest feelings about our gender. We express our gender identity in the way that we act masculine, feminine, neither, or both. Some of us are transgender â€” which means that our biological sex and our gender identity do not match up.
Each of us also has a sexual orientation. You may be bisexual, gay, lesbian or straight. Or you may be â€œquestioningâ€ â€” unsure about your sexual orientation.
The more you understand biological sex, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation, the more you may understand yourself and how you relate to other people. Because sex and gender are so complex, you may have many questions. You may wonder about your own sexual orientation or gender identity, or you may wonder about someone you know. You may have questions about how society views sex and gender â€” including homophobia, sexism, and transphobia.
We hope these pages give you the facts and tools you need to better understand sexual orientation and gender. If you have more questions or concerns, we can help. Planned Parenthood provides high-quality, sensitive, and appropriate reproductive health, general health, and sexual health services to all of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients.
Staff at your local Planned Parenthood health center can talk with you and help you find the information, services, and resources that you need.