As of 2022, we have a clear definition of Gender Identity

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Have you ever come across multiple identities in recent years? Don’t worry if you haven’t; simply keep scrolling down and this 5-minute read will enlighten you.

Gender Variants

Step 1: Understand Gender Identity

Gender identity is a person’s perception or personal knowledge of their own gender, which may or may not coincide with their given gender at birth, sexual orientation (click to find out types of sexual orientations), gender expression, sexual attraction, or society’s gender roles or binaries.

Male, female, agender, bigender, transgender, femme, intersex, as well as gender fluid, are gender variants.

Gender identity can be expressed in a variety of ways, each with its own set of terminology. However, gender experience is quite individualized and may not fit with specific definitions or gender standards. It is possible for people to identify with many terms at the same time, or to experiment with different terms until they discover one that seems right to them.

Common words for gender identiy

Agender

Lack of gender”

Stop wondering, you read that correct. Agender is defined as having no gender or gender identity, and who generally prefers gender-neutral pronouns such as “they.”

Androgyne:

“Neither clearly masculine nor clearly feminine”

Androgyny is a person whose gender expression incorporates both masculine and feminine elements. For instance, a woman with ovaries exhibits secondary sex characteristics observed in men.

Bigender:

“Two gender identities”

Bigender identify with both genders (Male & Female). A bigender individual may express both genders at the same time or alternate between the two.

Cisgender:

Sex assigned to you at birth”

Cisgender is referred to a person whose gender identity is determined by their biological sex and the gender given to them at birth.

Gender-fluid:

“Not fixed gender identity”

Gender fluidity is a person’s changing gender expression, identity, or both. There is a possibility that the change may be in expression but not identity, or in identity but not expression. However, expression and identity could change simultaneously.

Gender-nonconforming:

“Not conforming to the gender roles that society expects”

Those whose gender expression or identity does not conform to standard social norms are referred to as Gender-nonconforming people.

Genderqueer:

“Non-binary or non-Cisgender gender norms”

It’s an umbrella word for those who do not identify with a particular gender. Non-binary and non-Cisgender people are both examples of this phrase.

Intergender:

“A combination”

These are the individuals whose identities and expressions fall between or blend genders.

Intersex:

“Born with several sex characteristics”

A person born with mismatched chromosomes or genitalia. The gender assigned at birth to an intersex child may or may not match the one the child later comes to identify with as they grow older.

Omnigender:

“A pangender”

An individual who identifies as a mixture of several genders or as all genders simultaneously, including ones outside the traditional male-female binary.

Non-binary:

Not solely male or female‍”

A person who doesn’t fall under the traditional male-female binary. A non-binary person may identify as both male and female, or neither.

Questioning:

“Who am I?”

It refers to a person who is in the process of exploration or discovery regarding their gender expression or identity.

Transgender:

“A shift in one’s own identity”

A person whose gender identity doesn’t match their assigned sex at birth (often shortened to “trans” or listed with their affirmed gender, e.g., “trans woman” or “trans man”). Some transgender people choose to undergo hormonal treatments or surgeries to match their gender identity, but others do not.

Transsexual:

“Gender identity opposite of biological sex”

An older word for someone who has chosen hormonal therapy or anatomical surgery to fit their gender identity. Others find the phrase insulting or out-of-date due to the way the medical establishment has previously used it.

Two-spirit:

“Having both a masculine and a feminine spirit”

Indigenous North Americans use this phrase to describe persons with male and feminine spirits. Sexual orientation and/or gender expression are two aspects of being two-spirit


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