gender identity


Definition of gender identity

: a person's internal sense of being male, female, some combination of male and female, or neither male nor female Facebook provides more than 50 options beyond "male" and "female" for users to describe their gender identity, from "gender questioning" and "neither" to "androgynous."The Chicago Tribune

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Friday’s march seeks to celebrate groups of people who organizers said typically are excluded from messaging around Pride, including those of various races, religions, socioeconomic classes and gender identities. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "‘Pride and protest’: Dyke March returns to Washington after a 12-year hiatus," 6 June 2019 Facebook said that InfoWars’ videos violated its community guidelines by encouraging physical harm against others and attacking individuals for their religious affiliation and gender identity. James Vincent, The Verge, "Alex Jones hit by 30-day Facebook suspension for bullying and hate speech," 27 July 2018 There is more room for plus-size women of many shapes, colors, and gender identities on the runways. Ashley C. Ford, SELF, "Tess Holliday’s Health Is None of Your Business," 25 June 2018 Florida law doesn’t include gender or gender identity on the list. Maria Elena Vizcaino,, "Matthew Shepard's parents join Central Florida advocates for hate-crime discussion," 5 June 2018 The Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 already prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity at public accommodations, housing and employment. Phil Davis,, "Baltimore Mayor Young signs bill to make all Baltimore single-occupancy bathrooms gender-inclusive," 16 June 2019 Four months after confirming his gender identity as male, model Nathan Westling made his menswear debut at Prada’s Spring 2020 show in Shanghai. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Nathan Westling Makes His Menswear Debut at Prada," 6 June 2019 Tinder revamped its approach to gender identity in 2016 in response to harassment against transgender people on its platform. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Tinder adds sexual orientation feature to aid LGBTQ matching," 4 June 2019 This spring, American Eagle began identifying young people — of different races, gender identities and body sizes — who are passionate about activism and have sizable social media followings. Jordyn Holman,, "American Eagle is thriving even as shopping malls shrivel," 4 June 2019

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of gender identity

1 : a person's internal sense of being male, female, some combination of male and female, or neither male or female
2 : the totality of physical and behavioral traits that are designated by a culture as masculine or feminine

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