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Gender Identity: A person’s deep-seated, internal sense of who they are as a gendered being – specifically, the gender as which they identify. All people have a gender identity
Transgender: An adjective used to describe a person whose gender identity is incongruent with (or does not “match”) the biological sex they were assigned at birth
Cisgender: An adjective used to describe a person whose gender identity is congruent (or “matches”) the biological sex they were assigned at birth. (Some people abbreviate this as “cis”)
Gender Expression: A person’s outward gender presentation, usually comprised of personal style, clothing, hairstyle, makeup, vocal inflection and body language
Sex Assigned at Birth: The decision made about a person’s sex based on the visual appearance of the genital’s at birth - the sex someone is labeled at birth
Sexual Orientation: A person’s feelings of attraction (emotional, psychological, physical, and/or sexual) towards other people
Sexuality: The way people experience and express themselves sexually. This involves biological, erotic, physical, emotional, social, or spiritual feelings and behaviors.
Take time to reflect on where you identify along the spectrum of gender identity, gender expression, sex assigned at birth, and sexual orientation. It’s ok if you are unsure! Play around with the spectrums to see the possibilities! Complete the interactive Gender Unicorn activity.
After you are finished exploring the gender unicorn, save your personal gender unicorn and upload it below.
Now read the definitions on the Gender Unicorn webpage.
Gender identity exists on a spectrum. The only person who gets to define your gender identity and how you express your gender is you! Read the I'm Fluid poem.
Human beings can be attracted to people of any gender! Listen to Six Minute Sex Ed podcast.
Intersectionality helps people understand the many identities people have and how they intersect with oppression, power and privilege. What are your multiple identities? Where do you hold power? Privilege? Watch Queer 101 | What Is Intersectionality? .
Can't see the video? Find it on Youtube here.
What does it mean to be genderless? Watch Alok Vaid-Menon video about genderless fashion.
Listen/Read: New Anti-Trans Legislation Passed By Arkansas Senate
Read: Open Letter Supporting Trans Women and Girls Anti-Trans Sports Bills Aren't Just Transphobic - They're Racist, Too Why Non-Natives Appropriating “Two-Spirit” Hurts
Watch: Gender Identity: Being Female, Male, Transgender or Fluid Sex Assigned at Birth and Gender Identity: What Is The Difference? Sexual Orientation: A Spectrum Of Attraction
Play: Pronoun Practice Game
Ask: Quick Answers To Intimate Sexual Health Questions
Read: Teaching My Middle-Schooler About Gender Identity
Listen:Six Minute Sex Ed – Sex Education for Everyone Ryan Dillon | Supporting Trans & Queer Youth
Watch: Parents - amaze / USA
Do: Practice using pronouns that are different than your own by playing the Pronoun Practice Game alone or with your child.