Biological sex – a medical term used to refer to the chromosomal, hormonal, and anatomical characteristics that are used to classify an individual as female, male, or intersex
Cisgender – a gender description for someone whose biological sex and gender identity correspond in the expected way
Gender binary – the idea that there are only two genders which are male and female
Gender expression – the external display of one’s gender, through a combination of clothing, grooming, demeanor, social behavior, and other factors
Gender identity – the internal perception of one’s gender, and how they label themselves, based on how much they align or don’t align with what they understand their options for gender to be
Genderqueer – a gender description for someone who does not identify with the binary of man/woman, similar terms that may be used include gender non-conforming, gender fluid, or non-binary
LGBTQ+ – shorthand for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (individuals who don’t identify as straight and/or cisgender) and/or Questioning (individuals who are unsure about or exploring their own sexual orientation or gender identity)
Sexual orientation – the type of sexual, romantic, and/or emotional attraction one feels for others
Queer – an umbrella term to describe individuals who don’t identify as straight and/or cisgender
Transgender – a gender description for someone whose biological sex and gender identity do not correspond in the expected way
Transition / transitioning – referring to the process of a transgender person changing aspects of their gender expression to be more congruent with their gender identity
Transman – an identity label sometimes adopted by female-to-male transgender people
Transwoman – an identity label sometimes adopted by male-to-female transgender people
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