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The difference between sexuality, sex and gender

EUREKA – The College of the Redwoods hosts a free workshop that teaches the difference between sexuality, sex and gender. The “Diverse Gender and Sexual Identities” workshop allows students, staff, and community members to gain insight about how some people identify with certain groups.

According to www.hrc.org:

Sexual orientation is an inherent or immutable enduring emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to other people.

Gender identity is one's innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither – how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One's gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth.

Kelsey Young, a presenter and Humboldt State senior studying psychology says that she loves public speaking, teaching, and gaining an understanding of one who is unexposed to gender identity.

“There’s a lot more discourse about that these days it's not just gay/straight there's a lot of sexual identities, there's a lot of categories that people like to get identified with, and different pronounce that people use,” says Young.

Presenter, Jonathon Salinas and Humboldt State junior studying Spanish and French says that inclusiveness in gender identity should not be overlooked especially in today’s politics and workplace.

“Today, we are doing a presentation about how we can, not only within the education system but within our workplaces, create safe and inclusive spaces for people of all genders and sexual identities,” says Salinas.

Those in attendance got the opportunity to learn about different pronouns and gender categories.

“It’s really important that we all understand how we can work together,” says Salinas.

“Especially with a huge group of people or even a small group of people, you get different insights,” said Young.