gender identity

noun

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

Examples of gender identity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Florida is one of 16 states where high school athletic associations provide guidance that allows transgender students to join sports teams that align with their gender identity, according to the website Transathlete, which tracks such policies. Brooke Baitinger, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida House takes up anti-transgender athlete bill," 14 Apr. 2021 Conservative lawmakers in at least 28 states have introduced legislation to ban or limit transgender athletes from competing on teams or sports that align with their gender identity. Anne M. Peterson, chicagotribune.com, "Advocates call on the NCAA to act in response to laws banning transgender athletes," 9 Apr. 2021 Hutchinson recently signed legislation banning transgender women and girls from competing on teams consistent with their gender identity, a prohibition that also has been enacted in Tennessee and Mississippi this year. BostonGlobe.com, "Arkansas lawmakers enact transgender youth treatment ban, overriding governor’s veto," 6 Apr. 2021 The governors of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee have all signed laws prohibiting transgender girls and women from competing in school sports teams consistent with their gender identity. Kiara Brantley-jones, ABC News, "NCAA group condemns anti-transgender sports bills in open letter," 6 Apr. 2021 Hutchinson recently signed legislation banning transgender women and girls from competing on teams consistent with their gender identity, a prohibition that also has been enacted in Tennessee and Mississippi this year. Andrew Demillo, Star Tribune, "Arkansas lawmakers enact transgender youth treatment ban," 6 Apr. 2021 More than three dozen other states are considering bills that target transgender minors, either by banning them from competing on school sports teams that align with their gender identity, or by restricting access to gender-affirming medical care. NBC News, "Arkansas governor vetoes ban on gender-affirming care for trans minors," 5 Apr. 2021 In recent years, Connecticut and Massachusetts have passed similar legislation as the California law, which also gives inmates the right to be searched and addressed based on their gender identity. Los Angeles Times, "California prisons grapple with hundreds of transgender inmates requesting new housing," 5 Apr. 2021 Similar to the bill signed in Tennessee, this piece of legislation bans trans girls and women from participating in school sports on teams consistent with their gender identity. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Everything To Know About The Sudden Rise In Anti-Trans Laws Across America," 30 Mar. 2021

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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26 Apr 2021

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“Gender identity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gender%20identity. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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gender identity

noun

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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