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 Gary Peters comes under fire for supporting legislation that would allow student athletes to compete on the basis of their gender identity, one change of many that would result from a sweeping LGBTQ rights bill Peters has co-sponsored. Detroit Free Press, "The Michiganders' guide to voting in the 2020 election," 19 Oct. 2020 The law is unconstitutional and invalid under state law, which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity, so National City hasn’t enforced it in decades. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Did you know cross-dressing is outlawed in National City?," 8 Oct. 2020 Most other states assign inmates to prison facilities based on the gender they were assigned at birth, regardless of their gender identity. Jonathan Mcdougle, CBS News, "California to house transgender inmates based on gender identity," 7 Oct. 2020 However, bathroom access based on gender identity has been a harder sell, with a slim majority opposing such policies. NBC News, "Fight against gay marriage still 'alive and well' in U.S., advocates warn," 6 Oct. 2020 Rhode Island, New York City and Massachusetts have also housed inmates based on their gender identity. Adam Beam, Star Tribune, "California will house transgender inmates by gender identity," 26 Sep. 2020 Essentially, non-binary—sometimes shortened to NB or enby—is a type of gender identity. Leah Groth,, "What Does it Mean to Be Non-Binary? Experts Explain the Gender Identity," 8 Sep. 2020 The need for diversity extends to every aspect: gender identity, language, economic status. Glamour, "I Televised My Pregnancy—And Birth—As a Black Ob-Gyn," 1 Oct. 2020 The new law follows one passed by Connecticut in 2018 that gave inmates the right to be housed in a facility corresponding to their gender identity. Artemis Moshtaghian And Eric Levenson, CNN, "California requires correctional facilities to house transgender inmates based on gender identity," 27 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of gender identity

1964, in the meaning defined above

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22 Oct 2020

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“Gender identity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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