Understanding Gender Definitions
The following information is provided by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the National Center for Transgender Equality:
Gender identity: A person’s deeply held sense or psychological knowledge of their own gender. One’s gender identity can be the same or different than the gender assigned at birth.
Gender expression: The manner in which a person represents or expresses gender to others, often through behavior, clothing, hairstyles, activities, voice or mannerisms.
Transgender: An adjective describing a person whose gender identity or expression is different from that traditionally associated with an assigned sex at birth.
Gender nonconforming: A term for people whose gender expression differs from stereotypical expectations, such as “feminine” boys, “masculine” girls, and those who are perceived as androgynous.
For more information, go to GLSEN.org.