This section discusses the following theories related to gender and sexual identity.

Brent Bilodeau’s Frame of Transgender Identity Development

Brent Bilodeau’s Frame of Transgender Identity Development  Previous cohorts of FSU students have developed these printable summaries and used them to prepare for test and papers.  We hope they'll be of help to you too. Stages, Levels, Phases, and Components of the...

Fassinger’s Model of Gay and Lesbian Identity Development

Fassinger’s Model of Gay and Lesbian Identity Development Fassinger's model of gay and lesbian identity development is a model designed to explore gay and lesbian identity development and examine cultural and contextual influences. In 1996, Dr. Ruth E. Fassinger...

Worthington et al. Heterosexual Identity Development Theory

Worthington et al. Heterosexual Identity Development Theory Worthington et al. Heterosexual Identity Development Theory has defined heterosexuality identity development as “the individual and social processes by which heterosexually identified persons acknowledge and...

Bem’s Sex Role Types Theory

Bem’s Sex Role Types Bem’s theory refers to the theory that children learn about what it means to be male and female from the culture in which they live.  According to this theory, children adjust their behavior to fit in with the gender norms and expectations of...

Evans et al.’s Transgender Identity Development

Transgender Identity Development (Evans et al., 2010) Previous cohorts of FSU students have developed these printable summaries and used them to prepare for test and papers.  We hope they'll be of help to you too. Stages, Levels, Phases, and Components of the Theory:...

Dillion’s Model of Sexual Identity Development

Dillion’s Model of Sexual Identity Development Dillon et al's synthesis model is based on Fassinger’s parallel model & Macia’s ego identity model and describes determinations and status of sexual identity development. Dr. Frank Dillon is a graduate of the University...

Worthington et al. Heterosexual Identity Development Theory

Worthington et al. Heterosexual Identity Development Theory Defined heterosexuality identity development as “the individual and social processes by which heterosexualy identified persons acknowledge and define their sexual needs, values sexual expression, and...

Cass’s Model of Sexual Orientation Formation

Cass’s Model of Sexual Orientation Formation Cass's model is known by many as the first model to treat gay people as "normal" in hetero-sexist society. It is important to note that these stages can be revisited at different stages in life.   Vivienne Cass developed...

D’Augelli’s Theory of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Development

D’Augelli’s Model of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Development  This model introduced a lifespan sexual identity development in social environment.  Three core concepts interact within the theory: A) Personal/Subjective Actions; B) Interactive Intimacies; C)...