Gender & Sexual Diversity
At PRR, we understand that people have different opinions and values related to sexuality. What matters to us is that the expression of those values is respectful and does not cause harm or violate the rights of others. Not everyone fits into the binary categories of either male or female. Some people are intersex, non-binary, gender-conforming, transgender, and a variety of other genders. Diverse ways of expressing gender have always existed throughout history and in other cultures. Increased representation of gender and sexual diversity in the media continues to help our language evolve to be more inclusive.
How we identify ourselves can change. Most of us will go through periods of questioning and experimentation. Our sexual orientation, bodies, and interests will change throughout our lives. Some people don’t want to use labels or identify a certain way and that’s okay too. We can do harm to others if we identify or label them ourselves, especially if our ideas are based on stereotypes. 2SLGBTQ+ folks often face severe discrimination and have to fight for equal rights and freedoms in our society. Using inclusive language, challenging harmful stereotypes, and disrupting harmful treatment of others when you see it are ways that we can make the world safer for people.
Do your best to not assume the pronouns (he/him, she/her, they/them, etc.) that someone may use based on how they physically express their gender and try to avoid gendering certain experiences based on assigned sex (ex. Always using the term woman when referring to pregnancy or assuming that it is only men who use condoms). You can ask about pronouns respectfully and correct yourself when you make a mistake. Remember that if someone comes out to you, be supportive and ask if it’s something they are open about or keeping private because not everyone feels safe letting others know.
The rainbow flag represents the 2SLGBTQ+ community and their allies because it reflects the spectrum of diversity that can be celebrated and enjoyed! Connecting with the local queer community can be a lot of fun and help you feel less alone if you don’t know other people who are open. Queer folks are often incredibly resilient, creative, open-minded, and supportive.
Sexual health education in schools often leaves out queer youth by centering cisgender bodies, penis-in-vagina sex, and heterosexual relationships, while focusing primarily on avoiding STIs and pregnancy. For inclusive information on sex and relationships, we recommend searching through Scarleteen.com, reading this TeenVogue article “How to have sex if you’re Queer” by Yana Tallon-Hicks, and checking out these guides by our friends at OUT Saskatoon:
People who are transgender and interested in their medical options can see their family doctor or one of our practitioners for referrals to specialists in hormone therapy and gender affirming surgery. If you need help through that process and aren’t sure who to talk to, you can call our clinic or email email@example.com.
Videos We Love:
They Go By Them from TeenHealthSource
As/Is: Sex While Transitioning
Them: What Does Two-Spirit Mean?
As/Is: What it’s like to be Intersex