SEX Classification as male or female or, rarely, intersex (not exclusively male or female). Sex is usually assigned based on external anatomy but is determined by characteristics like chromosomes, hormones and reproductive organs.
GENDER Roles, behaviors and activities that a given society considers appropriate for males or females. “Sex” and “gender” are often mistakenly used interchangeably.
GENDER IDENTITY Internal, deeply held sense of one’s gender.
GENDER NONCONFORMING Expressing gender outside of conventions (clothes, behavior) typically associated with masculinity or femininity. Not all nonconformists are transgender.
TRANSGENDER Umbrella term for any gender identity that differs from the one associated with the sex assigned at birth.
TRANS* Short for transgender, with the asterisk meant to indicate the wide range of identities beyond the norm.
GENDERQUEER A gender identity that falls outside of the male/female binary. A third gender.
PANGENDER Having a fluid identity. Might be expressed as both male and female, or shift from one gender to the other. Under the umbrella term genderqueer.Continue reading the main story
RELATED COVERAGEA University Recognizes a Third Gender: NeutralFEB. 3, 2015
CISGENDER Possessing the gender identity commonly associated with one’s biological sex. “Cis-” is a Latin prefix meaning “on the same side as.”
TRANNSEXUAL Out-of-favor term for those who alter their bodies hormonally or surgically to align with their internal gender identity.
SEXUAL ORIENTATION Romantic, physical attraction, be it homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, asexual, polysexual, pansexual.