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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Not to mention, cisgender people do not face violence or bullying for their gender identity. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, "What Does 'Cisgender' Mean?," 13 Mar. 2019 Gender dysphoria is defined by the distress caused by the discrepancy between a person's body and their gender identity. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "What is medically necessary treatment for gender-affirming health care?," 31 May 2018 Massachusetts had already prohibited discrimination based on gender identity in the workplace and housing, and its latest law extends these protections to public accommodations. German Lopez, Vox, "Massachusetts votes to keep transgender protections with Question 3," 7 Nov. 2018 The filing brings the issue closer to the Supreme Court, as other courts have interpreted Title IX to include discrimination on gender identity. CNN, "Virginia school district seeks to appeal court ruling that Title IX covers transgender discrimination," 1 June 2018 Coyle said years of inner turmoil over her gender identity led her to drugs and alcohol, and that led her to crime. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Groups trade barbs over campaign advertising on Anchorage transgender proposition," 23 Mar. 2018 In Sāmoa, there are the fa’afafine: assigned male at birth individuals with a third gender identity who encompass both feminine and masculine qualities. Carter Schneider, Teen Vogue, ""I'll Be in Transition Forever": Trans-masculine and Non-binary People Talk Identity, Affirmation, and More," 6 Dec. 2018 Brown University has come under fire after censoring its own study on transgender youth, which found that social media and friends can influence teenagers to change their gender identity. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Brown U. pulls 'gender dysphoria' study, worried that findings might 'invalidate the perspectives' of transgender community," 30 Aug. 2018 In 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law, expanding the federal definition of hate crimes to include victims targeted for their gender identity, sexuality, or disability. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "“Welcome home, Matt”: Bishop Robinson welcomes Matthew Shepard — and gay Christians — back to the church," 26 Oct. 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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