Gender and Gender identity:

Gender: is defined as the characteristics and behaviors associated with being male or female

Gender roles:Socially expected” behaviors and activities that a given society considers appropriate for males and females

Gender Non-Conformity: Behavior or appearance that does not conform to an expected gender role

Gender Identity: How someone chooses to identify themselves by male-ness, female-ness, or in between, gender-queer (doesn’t identify with either gender). For example, transgender is a term to describe a person whose gender identity is assigned at birth may not match their personal gender identity

Gender Expression: The way a person expresses a particular gender through appearance, speech, behavior or movement 

Gender Binary: The belief system that represents gender as two distinct and opposite catergories-male and female

Gender Expansive: A more flexible range of gender identities or expressions

Biological Sex: or assigned at birth, refers to the doctor typically identifying you as a male or female at birth based on the appearance of your genitals and sexual organs. Biological sex isn’t just male or female; people can be born with different chromosomes or hormones and may be identified differently



Gender and sexual orientation are two different things.

Sexual orientation refers to a person’s sexual identity, whereas gender identity refers to how someone perceives themselves in relation to their assigned sex at birth (i.e. cisgender, transgender, agender).

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