What is Sexuality?3:44 with Michelle Zohlman
Let’s make sure we’re on the same page with our understanding of gender, sex, and sexuality, so we understand how they overlap and the differences.
We're going to shift gears a bit and focus on sexuality. 0:00 You'll hear me continuously saying this in videos, language is important. 0:04 Let's make sure we're on the same page with our understanding of gender, 0:09 sex, and sexuality so we understand how they overlap and the differences. 0:13 Remember, gender is how someone identifies, this is fluid and 0:21 not limited to male or female. 0:25 Sex is biological and assigned at birth. 0:31 Sexuality is who someone is attracted to. 0:38 To get a better understanding of this, we need to know about the LGBTQ community. 0:43 I want us to understand these terms as they apply to someone's sexuality. 0:48 LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning. 0:55 You may see different forms of this acronym too, 1:02 such as LGBTQ+, LGBTQIA, or LGBTQIA+. 1:08 We'll have some info on those in the teacher's notes. 1:14 Someone who identifies as lesbian typically is a woman attracted to another 1:20 woman. 1:25 If someone identifies as gay, 1:28 they typically are a man attracted to another man. 1:30 The reason I say typically is that gay can be used by anyone attracted to 1:34 the same gender. 1:39 A person who is bisexual is attracted to those of the same gender or 1:44 those of another gender. 1:48 As a reminder, someone who identifies as transgender means that their 1:52 personal identity and gender do not correspond with their birth sex. 1:57 You may have noticed transgender is spoken about when we talk about gender and 2:01 sexuality. 2:06 I do this intentionally, 2:07 because someone who is transitioning views themselves as a different gender. 2:08 Also, many trans folks' sexuality changes when they transition. 2:13 Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and 2:21 gender minorities who are not heterosexual or are not cisgender. 2:24 The term queer has a history to it that is hurtful. 2:30 Queer used to be, and sometimes still is, 2:33 used as a slur to put down and disrespect the LGBTQ community. 2:37 The community has begun to reclaim the umbrella term and 2:42 use it with pride to identify themselves. 2:45 With this in mind, refrain from using this term unless the person you're 2:48 speaking with expresses that's how how they identify. 2:53 The reason questioning is part of LGBTQ is that 2:57 someone may be exploring their sexuality. 3:00 Due to stereotypes, societal pressures, disparities, and learning who you are, 3:03 someone may not immediately understand or know their sexuality. 3:09 It may also change as they learn more about themselves. 3:14 There is so 3:19 much more in regards to the LGBTQ+ community than we have touched on today. 3:19 We'll be offering more trainings on these identities later. 3:25 Most importantly, someone's sexuality isn't up to you. 3:29 You cannot decide someone's sexuality based on how they appear or 3:33 what you know about them. 3:37 The only person who can decide their own sexuality is them. 3:39
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