Gender Identity

One’s gender identity is the gender one identifies with internally, psychologically, and in one’s sense of self. Developing a gender identity is a natural process in the brain that starts around age 2.  While gender identity in the brain is natural, the language and labels we use to describe these feelings are socially shaped. Some examples of gender identities are girl/woman, man/boy, trans, trans man, trans woman, genderqueer, non-binary, agender- amongst many others. These labels identify how someone’s internal feelings fit in with cultural expectations about gender.

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