Gender and Sexual Diversity
The Sexual Health Team at the Timiskaming Health Unit is committed to providing a safe space for all individuals seeking sexual health services.
- Sexual Orientation describes who you are attracted to emotionally, physically and sexually. You may be attracted to members of the same sex, opposite sex, both or other sexes. Sexuality is a diverse spectrum and sexuality can evolve throughout your lifetime. For more information on sexual orientation, click here.
- Gender identity refers to how one thinks of one’s own gender. This can include identifying as male, female, transgender,
- Gender roles describe the traditional roles society expects males and females to act.
- Gender expression is the way people communicate their gender through speech, clothes, mannerisms, etc.
- Homophobia is against the law in Canada. It is any extreme negative attitudes, feelings or beliefs towards homosexuality. Homophobia can be present in jokes, comments, or by rejecting friends and family members who come out. Homophobia can even lead up to physical violence. If you are experiencing discrimination or harassment, we can help direct you to the appropriate services
Our sexual health nurses are available to support you in understanding your sexuality as well as in accessing birth control and testing if needed. Contact THU to speak to a nurse for support or more information.
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