Gender Identity notes

Biological Sex

¢Determined by what parts a body has, both inside and outside. Biological sex is not the same as gender identity. The two things are separate.
¢Our biological sex parts are our private parts
¢Chromosomes

  Sex chromosomes contain genetic information that contribute to the determination of our biological sex

Biological sex is more diverse than “female” and “male”

Continuum with many intersex conditions also occurring as normal

¢Sex Hormones

  Affect the growth or function of genital organs and the development of secondary sex characteristics such as body hair, body shape, voice and more

¢Internal Genital System

  Includes parts we cannot see

Vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix and ovaries

Epididymis, vas deferens, and accessory glands

¢External Genitalia

  “Private Parts”

Vulva, clitoris, urethra, scrotum and penis

Gender Identity

¢Gender identity is what you know and feel to be true about your gender.

 ¢Your gender identity is separate from what you know to be true about your body and your favorite things.

¢Woman/Girl

  Gender identity typically associated with “feminine” traits and behaviors

 ¢Man/Boy

  Gender identity typically associated with “masculine” traits and behaviors

¢Transgender

    One way to describe yourself if your gender identity is not the same as your biological sex/gender you were assigned at birth

¢Gender Queer

  One way to describe yourself if your gender identity does not match social ideas about “male” and “female”

¢Cisgender

  A way to describe yourself if your gender identity is the same as your biological sex