Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Look at Terms Used to Describe Gender Identity, Expression

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Look at Terms Used to Describe Gender Identity, Expression

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A quick look at gender identity, expression

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OTTAWA - There are a number of terms used in discussing gender.

Here are some entries on the subject drawn from The Associated Press Stylebook:

Gender:

Gender refers to a person's social identity, while sex refers to biological characteristics. Not all people fall under one of two categories for sex or gender, according to medical organizations.

Cisgender:

The term may be used to describe people who do not identify as transgender. Cisgender refers to gender and is not synonymous with heterosexual, which refers to sexuality.

Gender nonconforming:

A term for people who do not conform to the traditional view of two genders. Not synonymous with transgender.

Intersex:

Term for people born with genitalia, chromosomes or reproductive organs that don't fit typical definitions for males or females at birth. …

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