Sexual Orientation

Why Does It Matter?

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Sexual orientation exists on a spectrum and is independent from gender identity. The two are often conflated in research studies.

Measuring sexual orientation separately from gender and sex provides more accurate representation of populations.

Sexual orientation is not included among NIH definitions of underrepresentation. Many training programs do not ask about sexual orientation, but research shows these populations face significant health disparities and discrimination.

Sexual Orientation

The document displayed here provides the details of the sexual orientation question, including its rationale and a glossary of sexual orientation definitions.