Gender and Sexual DiversityGender 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.

For more information, check out the resources below:



Sexual Health Ontario

The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line

Teen Health

LGBT Youth Resources




PFLAG- Loving Families



PFLAG Canada

Send the Right Message

Healthy Sexuality

Healthy sexuality 

Rainbow Health Ontario

Sex and U          


Transgender Map

Egale Canada



LGBT YouthLine

Trans Lifeline

The Trevor Project