Sexual Orientation

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Updated November 4, 2016

Sexual Orientation Resources

What is sexual orientation? 

Sexual orientation refers to an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions to men, women, or both sexes. Sexual orientation refers to a person's sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions. It is usually discussed in three categories: heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual. Sexual orientation is distinct from other components of sex and gender.

Information from the American Psychological Association

*The WRC recognizes that there are more than two genders and sexes.
**Definitions of sexual orientation vary and are constantly evolving.


Albuquerque Human Rights Office

(505) 924-3380

Albuquerque Pride

(505) 873-8084

Common Bond

(505) 891-3647

Equality New Mexico

(505) 224-2766

Gay & Lesbian National Hotline 

(888) 843-4564 

Metropolitan Community Church 

(505) 268-5252

New Mexico Gender Advocacy Information Network

(505) 288-0491 

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

(505) 873-7373 

Safe Zone Project

(505) 889-2515 (leave message)

Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

(505) 243-1870

Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico

(505) 200-8096


UNM Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Resource Center

(505) 277-0834

UNM Queer Straight Alliance

(505) 277-0834

Additional Resources:


FTM International FTM stands for Female-to-Male. This site is the internet contact point for the largest, longest running educational organization serving FTM transgender people and transsexual men. 

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association GLMA is working to ensure that LGBT people are treated competently and not discriminated against when they access health care.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)  strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) national political issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans 

Intersex Society of North America The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systematic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female. 

Lesbian Health Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Their web site is a public service for lesbians and their practitioners about health-related topics specific to lesbians. 

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) is the national progressive organization working for the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. 

National Center for Transgender Equality A social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) develops, collects, and disseminates information, promotes comprehensive education about sexuality, and advocates the right of individuals to make responsible sexual choices. 

Transgender Law Information on transgender law around the country

Transgender Warrior Leslie Feinberg's site.