2 What is Sexuality?Sexuality is made up of many components, such as culture, ethnicity, gender, and personality traits.4 Major components- biological sex- gender identity- gender expression- sexual orientation
3 What is biological sex? The “sexual parts” you are born with! Includes hormone levels, chromosomes, secondary sex characteristics, external genitalia, and internal reproductive structures
4 What is gender identity? The gender people believe themselves to be in their hearts and mindsHow they feel in terms of male and female and how they choose to show that to others
5 What is gender expression? Everything we do that communicates our sex/gender to othersExpressed in clothing, hair styles, mannerisms, way of speaking, roles we take in interactions, social sex roles, etc.
6 What is sexual orientation? An enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions to men, women, or both sexes Types of sexual orientation:heterosexual/straight: attraction to people of the opposite genderhomosexual/gay/lesbian: attraction to people of the same genderbisexual: attraction to people of either gender
7 Is Sexual Orientation a Choice? Beliefs of Medical Associations:“Sexual orientation involves a complex mixture of biology, psychology, and environmental factors”Genes and hormonal factors may play a roleSexual orientation is not simply chosenOther beliefs:Individuals can choose who they are attracted to
8 What is it like for gay teens? Expected to be straight/heterosexualFeel different from peers when friends start talking about romantic feelings, dating, sexMay feel like they have to pretend to be heterosexual in order to fit inFears of prejudice,rejection, etc.Many experienceacceptance and comfort
9 What is transgender?When biological sex and gender identity do not matchCaused by a hormone imbalance in the wombBrain is given the wrong gender imprint
10 Knowledge CheckIdentify which component of sexuality is being defined in each of the next slides.
11 What term is being described? Everything we do that communicates our sex/gender to othersGender Expression
12 What term is being described? The sex organs that we are born withBiological Sex
13 What term is being described? How we feel in our hearts and minds about whether we are male or femaleGender Identity
14 What term is being described? A enduring romantic and physical attraction toward a particular genderSexual Orientation
15 What term is being described? When biological sex and gender identity do not matchTransgender
17 Introducing New Students to HMS Think about:Interests that these people have in common with youSomeone you would be friends withSomeone you would be interested in dating
18 Likes school most of the time RobTeam playerHas a sisterLikes school most of the timeLots of friendsGood sense of humor
19 Zoe Has a horse Good friend Wants to be a Doctor Great singer Performs in plays
20 Zack Good student Very tall Great dancer Loves ice cream Has 4 brothers
21 Carmen Loves animals Wants to be a Vet Loves to text Plays soccer Speaks 3 languages
22 Rob Born with male body parts: Biological sex?MaleSees himself as a man and expresses himself through clothing, etc. as a man:Attracted to males:Sexual orientation?Gender identity/expression?Homosexual/gayMale
23 Zoe Born with male body parts: Biological sex?MaleTerm that describes mismatch between biological sex and gender identity?Sees herself as a woman and expresses herself through clothing, etc. as a woman:TransgenderGender identity/expression?Attracted to males:FemaleSexual orientation?Heterosexual
24 Zach Born with male body parts: Biological sex?MaleSees himself as a man and expresses himself through clothing, etc. as a man:Attracted to females:Sexual orientation?Gender identity/expression?Straight/heterosexualMale
25 Carmen Born with female body parts: Biological sex?FemaleSees herself as a woman and expresses herself through clothing, etc. as a woman:Attracted to females:Sexual orientation?Lesbian/gay/homosexualGender identity/expression?Female
26 Critical Thinking Questions What concerns might Rob and Carmen have as students in this school?How might Zoe feel coming to school each day?What can you do to make these students feel more comfortable at school?
28 In Closing Look beyond the labels that society puts on people. Take time to discover commonalties and celebrate differences.No one is just athletic, just intelligent, just funny, just Latino or just Jewish. Likewise, no one is just lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.