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Gender Identity : A Guide for Allies

Gender Identity : A Guide for Allies

Exploring Gender Identity: A Guide for Allies

Gender Identity : A Guide for Allies :

As an ally of the LGBTQ+ community, it is important to understand the diverse experiences and identities within the community. One aspect of identity that is often misunderstood is gender identity. In this guide, we’ll explore what gender identity is, how it differs from biological sex, and how allies can support trans and non-binary individuals.

What is Gender Identity ?

Simply put, gender identity is an individual’s sense of their own sex. It is an internal experience and is not necessarily related to sex assigned at birth. For example, a person who was assigned male at birth may identify as female, and vice versa. It is important to remember that gender identity is personal and unique to each individual.

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The gender spectrum

It is also important to understand that gender exists on a spectrum rather than a binary. This means that there are multiple gender identities that exist beyond ‘men’ and ‘women’.” Some people identify as sexqueer, non-binary, agender, or other identities that fall outside the traditional gender binary. It is important to be open and respectful of all gender identities and to use language that is inclusive of the full gender spectrum.

Support trans and non-binary people

As an ally, it is important to support trans and non-binary individuals on their journey of self-discovery and expression. Here are some ways to be a supportive ally:

  • Use their favorite pronouns: It’s a simple yet powerful way to show respect for an individual’s gender identity. If you don’t know what pronouns to use, just ask!
  • Educate yourself: There is a wealth of information available on trans and non-binary identities. Take the time to learn about the experiences and challenges these people face and stay up to date on the latest issues and debates within the community.
  • Be an Advocate: If you see transphobia or discrimination, speak up and take action. This could mean calling out inappropriate comments, supporting trans-inclusive policies and laws, or simply being an ally in your daily life.
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In conclusion, understanding and supporting gender diversity is an important part of being an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. By learning about gender identity, being open to the gender spectrum, and supporting trans and non-binary individuals, we can create a more inclusive and accepting society for all.

To finish :

In many scientific disciplines, gender refers to the gender a person identifies with (i.e. whether they see themselves as male, female, or in some other less conventional way), but it can also be used to refer to the gender that other people attribute to the individual based on what they know about him from the indications he gives about gender role (social behavior, dress, hairstyle, etc.) . 

Gender identity can be affected by a variety of social structures, including a person’s ethnic group, employment status, religion or irreligion, and family. The Encyclopaedia Britannica notes that it consists of “an individual’s self-conception of being male or female, as opposed to biological sex.” 

Difference Between Gender Identity and Sexual Identity

Difference Between Gender Identity and Sexual Identity

Gender identity and sexual identity differ ontologically in that the former is generally speaking, it is human gender, and the latter refers to the qualities from the biological point of view that all humans possess regardless of biological sex or gender. gender role within gender.

psychosocial domain. Gender identity is the acquired awareness of equality, unity and persistence of individuality as male or female, and ambivalence has nothing to do with it, like wrongly asserted John Money in 1955; In terms of sexual identity, it is a term of psychological and biologically determined preference, where one becomes aware of one’s actual function as male or female and sexual orientation will be determined, but the two are surely closely related ( it would be impossible to talk about gender identity without referring to the sexual dimorphism of the human species). Both terms have nothing to do with homosexuality.

Awareness of belonging to one of the existing gender categories seems to develop early and in relation to social stereotypes regarding the roles that members of each sex should play. Some authors (Vasta, Haith and Miller, 1996 and Shaffter, 2002) mention only two years.

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Children already have knowledge of existing gender categories in society, and this knowledge seems to take place at the same time as the child becomes aware of their sexual identity (awareness of their own biological sex). However, it is not until the age of seven that this identity is consolidated (in earlier stages children will still believe that although they belong to either sex, this fact can change based on external features or attributes such as clothing) or hair length). When reference is made to gender expression, it refers to the externalization of a person’s gender identity. (Cf. Ferreyra, Marcelo, IGLHRC).


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