Do you have an issue with your gender identity?

Do you have an issue with your gender identity?

I’m an older female and I’ve been married twice and have 5 kids…so not really a gender issue. I’ve never been happy with myself but instead of wanting to lose weight and wear pretty dresses all I wanted to do was lift weights and bulk up. I hate working inside (vacuuming, washing etc) and love being out the yard with the mower and power tools.

Where can I find support for my gender identity?

If you want to talk through any questions or concerns about your gender identity, there are people who can help and support you. For more information, to find your nearest headspace centre or for online and telephone support, visit eheadspace

Who is the best person to talk to about gender identity?

A trusted friend, teacher or family member might also be able to recommend someone to talk to. It can take time to find the health professional who is right for you, so don’t give up if you don’t find the right person straight away. Remember that you don’t have to discuss your gender identity if you don’t feel comfortable or safe.

Is there such thing as a teenage gender identity crisis?

There are two distinct sexes. That being said, there are a growing number of adolescents who are struggling with what is known as a teenage gender identity crisis, or gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria refers to the disconnect between the sex the individual is born with and the gender they identify with psychologically.

Where to go if you are worried about your gender identity?

For more serious emotional issues, the GIDS team may refer you to your local child and young people’s mental health service if you are not already in touch with them, where mental health specialists will support you.

How can I be at ease with my gender identity?

Through the help and support of the GIDS, many young people become at ease with how they express their gender identity, whether that is trans male or trans female, non-binary, assigned male or female, or another gender variation.

How is gender identity related to sexual orientation?

Gender identity isn’t related to sexual orientation in a direct way. Young people who are questioning their gender may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, polysexual, pansexual or asexual. Some people describe their sexuality and gender identity as being fluid – that is they change over time. How does gender discomfort affect you?