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Sex Education Series: Gender

Gender identity is the personal sense of one's own gender. Gender identity can correlate with a person's assigned sex or can differ from it. Make sure to look thru all the important terms relating to gender ⤵️


Gender binary | A system in which gender is constructed into two strict categories of male or female. Gender identity is expected to align with the sex assigned at birth and gender expressions and roles fit traditional expectations.


Gender dysphoria | Clinically significant distress caused when a person's assigned birth gender is not the same as the one with which they identify.


Gender-expansive | A person with a wider, more flexible range of gender identity and/or expression than typically associated with the binary gender system. Often used as an umbrella term when referring to young people still exploring the possibilities of their gender expression and/or gender identity.


Gender expression | External appearance of one's gender identity, usually expressed through behavior, clothing, body characteristics or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined behaviors and characteristics typically associated with being either masculine or feminine.


Gender-fluid | A person who does not identify with a single fixed gender or has a fluid or unfixed gender identity.


Genderqueer | Genderqueer people typically reject notions of static categories of gender and embrace a fluidity of gender identity and often, though not always, sexual orientation. People who identify as "genderqueer" may see themselves as being both male and female, neither male nor female or as falling completely outside these categories.


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