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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In 2017, Apple, Facebook, and Google criticized the Trump administration for rescinding rules issued under President Obama that allowed students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Apple, Google, Facebook, and others push back on Trump transgender policy," 1 Nov. 2018 So all of this -- the Democrats hope that this is more about gender identity politics. Fox News, "Ingraham: The rush to judgment and injustice for Kavanaugh," 18 Sep. 2018 Along with teasing her unannounced-but-still-impending album, Lizzo opened up about her own personal sexuality and gender identity. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Lizzo on Her Gender & Sexual Identity: 'I Personally Don't Ascribe to Just One Thing'," 15 June 2018 The Obama administration worked to advance transgender rights and loosen federal regulations to allow for more gender fluidity — including defining gender identity as protected by Title IX. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The Trump administration reportedly wants the government to revoke civil rights protections from transgender people," 21 Oct. 2018 Others say the best actor should be chosen for the role no matter the gender identity. Amanda Svachula, New York Times, "Scarlett Johansson Withdraws From Transgender Role After Backlash," 13 July 2018 Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images In Trump’s first month in office, the Education Department rescinded Obama-era federal guidance that encouraged schools to allow students to use whatever school facilities fit with their gender identity. Dylan Scott, Vox, "White evangelicals turned out for the GOP in big numbers again," 7 Nov. 2018 The typical Democratic voter views politics less through the lens of ideology, than through that of social identity (often, racial or gender identity). Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Ocasio-Cortez Proved That ‘Identity Politics’ Is an Asset For Berniecrats," 27 June 2018 The idea of beauty is subjective, but for far too long, beauty standards in America have alienated people of various gender identities, sizes, and ethnicities, leaving them to feel stigmatized or unattractive. Leanna Burton, Teen Vogue, "Modeling Agency Zandwagon Is Changing the Industry's Restrictive Beauty Standards," 22 June 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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