Gender Terminology to teach students about gender & sexuality in the classroom
Sex is someone's assigned classification at birth based on biology, external features, hormones, and chromosomal status. For some, the assigned sex does not match with a person's gender identity, leading to questioning.
Gender refers to socially constructed roles of expression. Examples include norms, culture, and societal expectations.
Cisgender is when someone's gender identity aligns with their sex assigned at birth.
Gender questioning is when someone is processing, exploring, or questioning how they express their gender identity.
Transgender is an umbrella term referring to individuals who do not identify with the gender they were assigned to at birth.
Nonbinary is when someone's gender identity falls outside of the traditional gender binary of male and female. Sometimes people may describe themselves with no gender or more than one gender.
Transsexual is a term referring to individuals who have transitioned from one gender to another. This is usually done legally, medically, or with hormonal supplements.
Gender fluid is a term used when someone’s gender identity may change or shift over time or in various situations.