Gender Identity & Expression

While many people express themselves in ways that are aligned with social norms related to sex and gender, others may choose expressions that are different than what people may expect of their gender identity.

Expressing your true gender identity is critical to living as your authentic self. Learn more about the importance of accepting and affirming your identity, and how to support those who may be exploring theirs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are examples of gender expression?

    Gender expression often refers to how a person experiences and expresses various aspects of the male and female gender binary. Gender expression may also encompass characteristics that may be described as:

    • Masculine
    • Feminine
    • Gender-neutral
    • Androgynous
    • Gender-conforming
    • Gender-nonconforming
  • How many gender identities are there?

    There are many different gender identities, including (but not limited to) male, female, trans, non-binary, agender, omnigender, and pangender.

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