Gender identity is a person’s internal sense of being a man, woman, neither, or both. People become aware of gender identity as early as age 3-5! Although parents & others tend to initially define gender identity, it is actually self-defined.
Gender expression is how you represent your gender through clothing/fashion, hairstyle, makeup, and grooming, personality expression of interests & activities, speech & body language. Gender expression can shift depending on context and across a lifetime.
Sex assigned at birth is determined by sets of physical characteristics that tend to cluster together (e.g. hormones, genitalia, chromosomes). But sex isn’t a binary!
Sexual orientation is refers to the gender(s) who you are physically and/or emotionally attracted to. Examples of sexual orientation include lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, queer, etc..
Gendered language has an impact on the lives of trans people and others who seek to live beyond the confines of gender binaries.
How do I ask about pronouns?
– “What pronouns do you use?”
– “How would you like me to refer to you?”
– “How would you like to be addressed?”
– “I use he, him, and his pronouns. Do you mind if I ask what pronouns
you’d like me to use when referring to you?"