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Serving Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault
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June 2014
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Transgender-Specific Issues

The Givens: Sexual Orientation

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"Sexual orientation" describes a person's attraction (physical, emotional, spiritual, or sexual) to other people of one or more specific genders. The most common sexual orientations—among transgender and non-transgender people alike—are heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, and asexual (i.e., not sexually attracted to others). However, just as with gender identity, there are countless individual identities for sexual orientation. Although gender identity and sexual orientation are often conflated and confused, it is important to remember that sexual orientation is distinct from gender identity.