Understanding your gender identity
transgender, gender fluid
Questioning your gender identity?
As with sexuality, your feelings about your gender can also change from day-to-day. If you feel uncomfortable about your gender then puberty can become an even more difficult time.
Gender identity (how you feel about your gender) and sexuality (your sexual preferences) aren't the same thing, but they can be linked. Have a look on the NHS website for some really useful info and advice about gender identity and on The Mix website you can read Young and trans?
Many of the young people at Outreach Youth said the internet was great in helping them come to terms with their sexuality or gender identity. Many said that they didn't receive any of this information at school, so YouTube videos taught them a lot and provided support and reassurance.
You can also take a look at this video on YouTube from the National Trans Youth Network - transgender mythbusting.
Where can I find support and more information?
- Kooth is a free, safe and confidential online service where you can find someone to talk to when you need it. Read more about the service in our information pages or visit their website www.kooth.com
- Gendered Intelligence - Aims to increase the understanding of gender diversity and support young people aged 8-25. They provide information, support and resources to young people and families.
- Mermaids - Offer support and information. Speak to other teens, read stories and access their helpline Monday - Friday, 9am - 9pm. Call 0808 801 0400.
- Suffolk Gender Identity Hub - These pages are aimed at adults in Suffolk so if you are 18+ you may find the information useful.