Teen Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation

Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation

These are ever evolving & important topics that have been around since ancient times. Here we’ll dive into the spectrum of identities & orientations, learn tips on being more inclusive with your language, how to support yourself or someone who is questioning, and where to find more info & support!

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Gender Identity How I feel Inside Romantic + Sexual Orientation Who I’m Attracted to Sex My anatomy Gender Expression How I express my gender
Gender Identity

How I feel Inside

Gender Identity

How I feel Inside

Our gender identity is the gender we feel ourselves to be, who we know that we are inside…

Cisgender people identify with the gender they were assigned at birth, and transgender people don’t.

Gender identities other than girl/woman or boy/man are considered to be nonbinary.

Our gender identity is internal and not visible to others.

Romantic + Sexual Orientation

Who I'm attracted to

Romantic + Sexual Orientation

Who I'm attracted to

Our romantic orientation is the gender/s that we are emotionally attracted to.

Our sexual orientation is the gender/s that we are physically attracted to.

Our sexual orientation is not always the same as our romantic orientation.

A person’s orientation can change over their lifetime.


My Anatomy


My Anatomy

Sex is a medical term that describes a set of factors related to the human reproductive system.

Infants are commonly assigned a sex at birth, based on the appearance of their genitals.

Intersex is an umbrella term for people whose chromosome patterns and/or anatomy do not fit typical binary ideas of a male or female body.

Gender Expression

How I express my gender

Gender Expression

How I express my gender

Our gender expression is how we publicly display our gender.

This can include our name, hairstyle, clothing, makeup, pronouns, body language, way of speaking, and more.

Your gender expression may or may not match your gender identity and/or the expectations that other people have of you.


A list of BLOOM's trusted resources to find more information and support… VIEW ALL

Trusted Organizations
The Trevor Project

A non-profit organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth.

interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth

Uses innovative legal and other strategies, to advocate for the human rights of children born with intersex traits.


Working towards all minds respecting, valuing, and affirming LGBTQ+ people via support, advocacy, and education (books, films, etc.)

Books, Apps, & Podcasts
Q Chat Space

Provides online discussion groups for LGBTQ+ teens ages 13 to 19.

The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook: Skills for Navigating Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression
By Anneliese Singh, Ph.D., LPC

Teaches you how to challenge internalized negative messages, handle stress, build a community of support, and embrace your true self.

The Pride Guide: A Guide to Sexual and Social Health for LGBTQ Youth
By Jo Langford, M.A.

Written explicitly for adolescents who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, or any other unique identities.


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