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What is gender identity?

Gender identity means our internal sense of being feminine, masculine or something else entirely. It’s different from sexual orientation, which is about who we’re attracted to sexually and romantically.

Gender identity, just like sexual orientation, is based in the brain. This means that even though a person might have female body parts—a vulva, vagina and ovaries—she might not feel like a girl. The same goes for a person who has a penis and testicles, but doesn’t feel like his male body parts match the feelings he has inside.

People who believe their gender identity—the feelings they have inside—are different from their body parts may identify themselves as transgender or genderqueer.



What does LGBTQ mean?

LGBTQ stands for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning.” For some, the Q stands for “queer.” Heterosexual,…

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