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Short Summary of Sex, Gender & Orientation Terms

SEX

Male, Female, or Intersex

Dependent upon external genitalia, reproductive organs, and sex chromosomes.

 

GENDER

Man, Woman, Genderqueer, Non-binary, Other

Cisgender - Gender matches sex assigned at birth

Transgender - Gender does not match sex assigned at birth

Gender Identity - The inherent, internal sense of one's own gender

Gender Expression - How an individual presents themselves to those around them

 

SEXUAL ORIENTATION

Straight, Gay or Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual or Asexual

Includes concepts of sexual attraction, sexual behaviour, romantic attraction, and sexual identity