Helpful Insights forPatients and Caregivers

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Gender identity and sexual orientation are different things.

  • Sexual orientation is about your attraction to other people. Examples include straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual and asexual.
  • Gender identity is about your inside feelings and how you name your gender. Examples include male, female and nonbinary.


  1. American Psychiatric Association. What Is Gender Dysphoria?
  2. American Psychiatric Association. Expert Q&A: gender dysphoria.
  3. Hembree WC, Cohen-Kettenis PT, Gooren L, Hannema SE, Meyer WJ, Murad MH, et al. Endocrine Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender-Incongruent Persons: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2017;102(11):3869-3903. DOI: 10.1210/jc.2017-01658. PubMed PMID: 28945902.
  4. UCSF. UCSF Transgender Care.
  5. Fenway Health. Transgender Health.


  1. USCF Transgender Care
  2. Fenway Health Transgender Health
  3. The Trevor Project
  4. Trans Lifeline
  5. The Standards of Care
  6. Human Rights Campaign