How is Gender identity different from sexual orientation?
Gender identity refers to the way you understand yourself and your gender. It is about the internal sense of masculinity or femininity that a person feels. Sexual orientation is our attraction to someone else of the same or opposite gender or both. It refers to the kinds of relationships that you have with others.
Transgender people can be heterosexual/straight, bisexual, homosexual/gay/lesbian or identify as queer. (Use the words that are most appropriate for your audience.) Many transgender people are in fulfilling and happy relationships.
Transgender people are often included in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, which is increasingly aware of the need to address issues of gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. This alliance is important to our movement for civil rights.