Every chapter is comprised of information that is sound, evidence-based, and grounded in current literature to provide readers with the most accurate and up-to-date information. Case studies and application exercises throughout the book bring concepts to life and give students an opportunity to apply what they learn to real-world situations. A new Contextualized Sexuality Model, which presents a framework for understanding sexuality, helps professors plan their courses. The book’s focus on the nature of professional identity, its value to the profession and the professional, and ways to further development of professional identity during professional practice provides students with valuable guidance they can use throughout their careers.

Gender Identity and Affectional/Sexual Orientation

Gender identity and affectional/sexual orientation

Whether I “really” am a woman, or whether I “had a choice” or not, or whether anything, no longer matters. Having an opinion about transsexuality is about as useful as having an opinion on blindness. You can think whatever you like about it, but in the end, your friend is still blind and surely deserves to see. Whether one thinks transsexuals are heroes or lunatics will not help to bring these people solace. All we can do in the face of this enormous, infinite anguish is to have compassion.

—Jennifer Finney Boylan, 2013, p. 248

Gender identity and affectional/sexual orientation are all critical components of sexuality. Before you read this chapter, we invite you to ...

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