I, myself, am a self-proclaimed dummy in the ever-evolving world of gender identity and sexual orientation. There continue to be so many changes in language, definitions and beliefs surrounding this complicated and nuanced topic. And while so much of it has become controversial and political, I believe that it doesn’t need to be. Because of which, my objective, today, is to share what I know (in regard to the terminology) to the best of my ability — so that you walk away with a better understanding of this very common and timely matter. Having greater awareness — wherever you stand on any issue — allows us all to be more empathetic.
You’ll find out:
- What is gender identity
- What is cisgender
- What is gender expression
- What is transgender
- What is pangender
- What is a demiboy/demigirl
- What is gender fluid
- How pronouns are used today (and why they can be confusing)
- What is sexual orientation
- Why you should seek to understand the language re: gender identity and sexual orientation
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