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 redhead model, formerly known as Natalie, has confirmed his gender identity as male in an interview with CNN. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Introducing Nathan Westling, the Male Model About to Take Fashion by Storm," 19 Mar. 2019 The question will ask voters to uphold or repeal the 2016 law passed by the Massachusetts legislature that ensures explicit protections against discrimination based on gender identity. Nicole Talbot, Teen Vogue, "Massachusetts Must Vote Yes on Ballot Question 3 to Protect Transgender Rights," 12 Oct. 2018 In Fairfax, the school board in 2015 forbade discrimination based on gender identity. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "In Fairfax, a lesson on why words matter, especially in sexual health class," 23 June 2018 Medicaid operates with state and federal funds and the attorneys who filed the lawsuit argue Wisconsin's denial of services for Flack and Makenzie amounts to a violation of ACA's prohibition on discrimination based on gender identity. Ivan Moreno,, "Transgender residents sue over Wisconsin's Medicaid rule," 30 Apr. 2018 Interesting Some Philly organizations have taken a small step to make a big impact on gender identity in their workplace culture. Ray Boyd,, "Kenney calls Philly students 'underdogs,' Pa. leaders call for rep. accused of misconduct to resign | Morning Newsletter," 2 Mar. 2018 Online media and communities are a huge help for young people exploring gender identity today, Miller says. Lane Florsheim, Marie Claire, "What If You're Not Sure You're Transgender?," 10 Aug. 2015 Nicole Maines made history as the plaintiff in Doe v. Clenchy, the Maine Supreme Court case that helped set a landmark precedent for allowing transgender people to use the bathroom that matched their gender identity. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Actress and Activist Nicole Maines Will Be TV's First Transgender Superhero," 22 July 2018 In order to challenge the law legislating gender identity, Comcavis Trans helped Alessandra Jiménez, a 32-year-old trans woman from Zacatecoluca, El Salvador, prepare a case to be presented at the Supreme Court. Alice Driver, Longreads, "The Road to Asylum," 30 June 2018

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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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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