Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

                              Our Vision

As a unit, we aspire to inform the general population about the importance of distinguishing the disparity between sexual orientation and gender identity. As a society, we fail to realize that heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality are not the only sexual orientations that exist. In terms of gender identity, we should understand that there is much more that defines someone’s gender and sexuality. We hope to educate the ignorance our society possesses towards these subjects and possibly aid someone towards self-identification and acceptance.

 Gender: The attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that a given culture associates with a person’s biological sex

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  • Gender-normative: behavior that is compatible with culture expectations
  • Gender non-conformity: behaviors not compatible with culture
  • Gender identity: one’s sense of oneself as male, female, both, or neither
  • Non-binary gender: one who fits outside of the “male-or-female binary”
  • Gender fluid: one that has a gender that can change and switch between male, female, neutrois, polygender, or any other genderqueer identity
  • Agender: one who identifies by the absence or lack of any gender
  • Neutrois: one who is a neutral gender or lack of gender
  • Bigender: one who identifies as two genders either by both at the same time or can go back and forth between the two
  • Pangender/Trigender: One who identifies as all genders, or shifting between them
  • Demiboy/Demigirl/Demigender: one who involves feeling a partial connection to a gender identity
  • Polygender: the identity that is defined as multiple genders but not all, a poly person could identify as all at once or fluctuate between their genders
  • Androgyny: expression with elements of both masculinity and femininity
  • Transgender/Trans: an umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. Transgender is not indicative of sexual orientation, hormonal makeup, physical anatomy, or how one is perceived in daily life.
  • Intersex: describing a person with a less common combination of hormones, chromosomes, and anatomy that are used to assign sex at birth
  • Cisgender: gender identity, gender expression, and biological sex all align (man, masculine and male)
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Pronouns: a word that takes the place of a noun. It is also an important factor in gender identity.

  • He/Him/himself
  • She/Her/herself
  • They/them/their/themself
  • tey/tem/ter/temself
  • ey/em/eir/emself
  • e/em/eir/emself

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  • thon/thon/thons/thonself
  • fae/faer/faers/faerself
  • vae/vaer/vaers/vaerself
  • ae/aer/aers/aerself
  • ne/nym/nis/nymself
  • ne/nem/nir/nemself
  • xe/xem/xyr/xemself
  • xe/xim/xis/ximself
  • xie/xem/xyr/xemself
  • ze(or zie)/zir/zirs/zirself
  • zhe/zhir/zhirs/zhirself
  • ze/hir/hirs/hirself
  • sie/sier/siers/sierself
  • zed/zed/zeds/zedself
  • zed/zed/zeir/zedself
  • ce/cir/cirs/cirself
  • co/cos/cos/coself
  • ve/vis/vir/verself
  • jee/jem/jeir/jemself
  • lee/lim/lis/limself
  • kye/kyr/kyne/kyrself
  • per/per/pers/perself
  • hu/hum/hus/humself
  • bun/bun/buns/bunself
  • it/it/its/itself

Sexual Orientation: The sex of those to whom one is sexually and romantically attracted.

  • Homosexual: sexual and/or romantic attraction towards the same sex
  • Heterosexual: sexual and/or romantic attraction towards the opposite sex

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  • Pansexual: a person who experiences sexual, romantic, physical and or spiritual attraction for all gender identities/expressions
  • Skoliosexual: attracted to genderqueer and transexual people and expressions
  • Bisexual:  sexual and/or romantic attraction to the same gender or different (other) genders
  • Polysexual: the attraction to multiple genders and/or sexes
  • Asexual: the lack of sexual attraction towards anyone
  • Aromantic: the lack of romantic attraction towards anyone
  • Akoisexuality: on the asexual spectrum, where the individual experiences sexual attraction, but does not want it reciprocated, does not care if it’s reciprocated, or the attraction fades once reciprocated
  • Akoiromantic: experiences romantic attraction but does not want it reciprocated, does not careif it’s reciprocates, or the romance fades once reciprocated
  • Transsexual: a depreciated term (often considered pejorative) similar to 33transgender in that it indicates a difference between one’s gender identity and sex assigned at birth, with implications of hormonal/surgical transition from one binary gender to the other. Unlike transgender, transexual is not an umberella term, as many transgender people do not identify as transsexual
  • Genderqueer: a term that has been embraced by the LGBTQ representing all individuals who fall out of the gender/sexuality “norms”

LGBTQIAP+: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual/polysexual

Ally: non-LGBTQIAP+ supporters of LGBTQIAP+ rights

Sources and further information:

  • Bryn Mawr: link to programs specifically focusing on the research of gender bias and how cultural preferences affect appropriate tolerances: brynmawr.edu/gender/
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