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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The Spanish capital has just wrapped up its 2018 week-long pride celebrations, whose main theme was a call for equality and greater visibility for people with non-binary gender identity. NBC News, "Transgender Miss Universe contender speaks up for trans kids," 13 July 2018 Having a gender identity outside of what you were assigned at birth is real. Lisa Deaderick,, "Supporting transgender and non-binary youth and their families," 22 Apr. 2018 The definition of gender and gender identity has broadened, and yet it’s still very much that mission. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "A women's college is telling professors to stop calling students women. Here's why | Charlotte Observer," 26 Mar. 2018 The Obama administration had bolstered civil rights protections in health care, including barring medical providers and insurers from discriminating in services or access to coverage based on gender as well as gender identity. Washington Post, "New HHS civil rights division charged with protecting health-care workers with moral objections," 7 Mar. 2018 The department's gender management program provides outpatient services to help individuals and their families with gender identity development. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona groups offer health, housing help to LGBT youth," 14 July 2018 That statute allows people to use the restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity and protects transgender people from discrimination in barber shops, malls, restaurants, and other public accommodations. Joshua Miller,, "The question order has been set for the fall ballot," 9 July 2018 These terms may also include gender fluid people, or those whose gender identity shifts over time or depending on the situation. Ayana Archie And Brandon Griggs, CNN, "It's Pride Month. Here's what you need to know," 13 June 2018 Elliott has also received treatment for nearly a year regarding his gender identity, according to court documents obtained by The Cincinnati Enquirer. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Trans teen wanted a name change. A judge called him a ‘her’ and told him to ‘mature’," 12 July 2018

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of gender identity 

1 : the totality of physical and behavioral traits that are designated by a culture as masculine or feminine

2 : a person's internal sense of being male, female, some combination of male and female, or neither male or female

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