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

Examples of gender identity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Begay is also Two-spirit, an Indigenous gender identity that embraces both a masculine and feminine spirit. Julie Luchetta,, 9 Jan. 2022 Eleanor Coppola’s wisdom about female experience is missing from Rebecca Hall’s and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s miserable tales about racial and gender identity. Armond White, National Review, 7 Jan. 2022 Gender nonbinary describes people who have a gender identity that isn’t exclusively male or female — or that could be neither. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Dec. 2021 More and more young people identify with a gender identity outside the male-female binary. Joshua Irvine,, 10 Dec. 2021 Opposing protesters show up ahead of Utah education board meeting on gender identity. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021 The Ducks’ annual workplace training session for employees included a new segment on transgender rights in the workplace and gender identity, giving Imber courage to tell the club’s human resources department about their plans. Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2021 And transgender and non-binary youth who reported high gender identity acceptance from their parents had a 43% lower odds of attempting suicide. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 20 Nov. 2021 In England, in some cases, people wait more than three years for a first gender identity clinic appointment to discuss transitioning. Charlie Craggs,, 18 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of gender identity

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gender identity was in 1964

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20 Jan 2022

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“Gender identity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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