Mental Health

These 20 Psychologists Weigh In on Gender Identity

"Even in today’s relatively forward-thinking society, ... many people have a limited understanding of what it means to be homosexual, bisexual, and gender dysphoric."

Internationally renowned clinician Robert Weiss is an author and expert in intimacy and relationships. He understands how confusing gender and sexuality are for many people and offers a closer look at the different terms and identifications. Probably the greatest barrier posed is our society’s heteronormative foundation: the expectation is that biological males will be with biological females, and anything that deviates from this is treated with disdain.

People also frequently mix up sexual orientation and gender identity when in fact the two are completely unrelated; one does not influence the other. To Robert Weiss, it is apparent that greater education is necessary to help bridge the gap between cultural expectations and societal realities.

"Even in today’s relatively forward-thinking society, with all of the informational and educational advantages provided by the Internet and related digital technologies, many people have a limited understanding of what it means to be homosexual, bisexual, and gender dysphoric." Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S