Gender identity is the internal sense a person has of their identity as male and/or female; and/or a variation or combination of genders. Today, more people feel comfortable to come out regarding their gender identity. It can be a long path to discover and embrace your true self. If your gender does not match your sex, you may even take steps to have your body represent who you really are.
Some people identify as gender nonconforming. Nonconforming means their appearance does not match what we might expect for a female or male. Someone who is nonbinary feels they are neither male nor female, but their gender is somewhere outside of those ideas.
People who are trans or genderqueer are more likely to be harassed or assaulted. They may also have more mental health challenges due to stigma around their identity.
People from Indigenous communities in North America may use the term Two-Spirited. Two-spirited means being of both genders, or as a third separate gender.
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Cut invited trans individuals to respond to the word "pronouns." These are their responses.
Raising Owen: A Genderqueer Love Story. By Meg Brown. Vimeo.
Raising Owen is a documentary about one parent’s love and acceptance of their genderqueer child, Owen.