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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Recent Examples on the Web The Education Department has rescinded Obama-era rules that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms of their choice or participate in sports corresponding with their gender identity. New York Times, "Trump’s Rollback of Transgender Rights Extends Through Entire Government," 6 Dec. 2019 In April 2016, for instance, the retailer Target faced a backlash after releasing a statement saying that customers and staff could use the bathroom that corresponded with their gender identity. Alana Semuels, Time, "Why Corporations Can No Longer Avoid Politics," 21 Nov. 2019 The most important thing for any changes in Québec will be to ensure that the new rules do not harm women in the legislature, but instead gives them the freedom to dress in a way that doesn’t reduce them to their gender identity. Arnaud Montreuil, Quartz at Work, "Is the world ready for politicians to dress in workplace casual?," 20 Nov. 2019 Others might be transitioning or coming to terms with their gender identity and the question could bring up painful feelings for them. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Why it matters what pronouns you use to refer to people and what to do if you slip up," 16 Oct. 2019 In June, three high school athletes filed a federal discrimination complaint against a statewide policy that allows athletes to compete in sports corresponding with their gender identity. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Connecticut is at the heart of a transgender athlete debate that is difficult to explore, let alone solve," 11 Aug. 2019 Everything from your water to your gender identity is political, Cardenas says, urging people not to be apathetic. Hal Boedeker,, "Pulse: Young LGBTQ+ leaders urge activism on tragic anniversary," 11 June 2019 The ruling shows the need for gender identity and expression to be included in Texas' hate crime law, says Leslie McMurray, transgender education and advocacy coordinator at the Resource Center in Dallas. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "What happens after a transgender woman is murdered? For family and friends, a long and agonizing search for closure," 20 Nov. 2019 The mother supports her child’s gender identity and wants to give her space to socially transition as a girl, using a new name and pronouns, wearing dresses and growing her hair out. Amber Briggle, Time, "The Texas Attorney General Promised to Remember My Transgender Son. His Recent Actions Show He's Forgotten," 5 Nov. 2019

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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12 Dec 2019

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“Gender identity.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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