Dimensions of Gender

Gender

A category of characteristics involving societal expectations for people’s behavior, thoughts, and roles that go along with a person’s assigned sex. 

Ideas and standards about how people are expected to behave, dress, and communicate based on conditioned beliefs. 

Gender Identity: A person’s internal, deeply held sense of one’s own gender.

    • Cisgender: A term for people whose gender identity aligns with their assigned sex at birth
    • Transgender: An umbrella term for people whose gender identity is different from those associated with their assigned sex at birth
    • Nonbinary: Someone whose gender identity isn’t exclusively male or female, may include both, or neither
    • More identities!
      • Genderfluid
      • Agender
      • Two Spirit
      • Genderqueer
      • Discovering

Gender is a spectrum. Every person has:

 

    • Gender Identity: How we feel internally
    • Gender Expression: How we demonstrate our gender
    • Biological Sex: Sex assigned at birth
    • Sexual Orientation: Who we are physically, spiritually, emotionally, and sexually attracted to