Amaze Videos: Sexuality and Identity

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The following videos from Amaze explore several important questions about identity. They are geared towards young people, aged nine to twelve.

What is Sexual Orientation?

This video defines sexual orientation and describes ones that may be lesser known, such as pansexual, asexual or “ace,” and demisexual. People may fall anywhere along the sexual orientation spectrum, and some people may not label their sexual orientation at all. 


Sexual Orientation: A Spectrum of Attraction

Sexual orientation describes the spectrum of attraction that people may experience. This video emphasizes that love and attraction may come in many forms and that sexual orientation is unique to each of us, just like our appearances and personalities. This video also includes personal stories of people’s journeys of coming to terms with their own sexual orientations.


Sexual Orientation: Coming Out

This video highlights that coming out to someone can be an anxiety-inducing experience. You don’t have to come out to anyone until you’re ready to share. It also address how online resources can be helpful in providing tips for coming out. 


How To Be A LGBTQIA+ Ally 

There are many ways that you can be an ally to your LGBTQIA+ friends and loved ones, such as being a listening ear and getting involved in advocacy organizations that support LGBTQIA+ causes. 


Sex Assigned at Birth and Gender Identity: What Is The Difference?

Sex assigned at birth is how other people see our bodies, and gender identity is how we see ourselves. This video defines cisgender, intersex, transgender, and gender queer/gender fluid/gender non-binary. Whether or not you share your gender identity, when you share it, and with whom you share it is a personal decision.


Range of Gender Identities

Gender exists on a spectrum, and the gender one is assigned at birth may not reflect their gender identity. A person can identify as a man, a woman, neither, or both. This video defines transgender, gender queer/gender fluid, and non-binary. It also highlights the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation and provides helpful tips for navigating questions of gender identity.


Puberty and Transgender Youth

People who are transgender can feel anxious as their bodies change in ways that don’t match their internal sense of gender during puberty. Before your body starts to change, you can talk to a trusted adult and may be able to see an endocrinologist about the use of puberty blockers. This video describes what puberty blockers are and how they work.


What is Intersectionality? 

Intersectionality refers to the multiple identities people have that intersect, such as race, gender, class, and ability. It also discusses how one may have privileged identities and oppressed identities. When we recognize our privilege, we can speak out against injustices and stand up for others who are discriminated against.