Crash Course on Gender Identity

While a lot of my articles have been a little bit more entertaining, I thought I’d do a little bit of educating.

Last year on Facebook, users became able to choose from 58 different gender identities for their profile. It’s great that it’s becoming more visible within social media, but we still have a ways to go.

While I won’t go through 58 of them, here’s a little crash course on gender identity.

1. Agender


Agender is a person without a gender. An agender individual’s body does not necessarily correspond with their lack of gender identity. Often they are not concerned with their physical sex, but may seek to look androgynous. An androgyne is a person who identifies and/or physically appears as neither man nor woman.

2. Cisgender


While many people do not clarify if they identify as cisgender, this means you feel your biological sex, or the one you were assigned at birth, matches your gender identity, or how you perceive yourself. It is a gender that is common among society, but should not be assumed.

3. Genderfluid


A genderfluid individual does not see themselves as male or female, but may identify as one or the other depending on the day. This is referring to being fluid with their gender expression, which is different than one’s gender identity. Gender expression is a person’s physical characteristics, behaviors, and presentation that are linked to either masculinity or femininity.

Genderfluid individuals may express one gender through clothing or interests one day and then identify as another the next.

4. Genderqueer


This identity is a variety. This person may identify as male or female, between or beyond genders, or a combination of genders. These individuals often challenge gender stereotypes and the gender binary system of male and female. They often challenge gender stereotypes and the gender binary system.

5. Intersex


Intersex is the term used for a variety of medical conditions in which a person is born with chromosomes, genitalia, and/or secondary sexual characteristics that are inconsistent with the typical definition of a male or female body. Individuals are not always aware that they have this condition, but it is an identity that some choose to share. Lauren from MTV’s Faking it is intersex in the show.

6. Gender Non-conforming


Gender Non-conforming is a person who either by nature or by choice does not conform to gender-based expectations of society. This identity goes along with a lot of the ones above.

Basically, think of all the gender stereotypes out there, like pink for girls or guys having muscles. This person chooses to not conform to these, or may identify as the opposite sex, such as transgender individuals.

7. Transgender (Trans Male or man, Trans Women or female, Trans Person)


Transgender is an umbrella term for those individuals whose gender identity does not match with the one assigned for their physical sex. It includes, among others, transmen, transwomen, genderqueer people, crossdressers, and drag queens/kings. Generally, it refers to anyone whose behavior or identity falls outside of stereotypical expectations of gender.

Transgender people may identify as straight, gay, bisexual, or some other sexual orientation. It is sometimes shortened as trans. Not everyone may identify as transgender, but rather just the gender they identify with, and it should never be assumed.


As you can see, there are many genders besides male and female, and this is just the beginning. We may have a ways to go before all of society accepts it, but I hope I’ve educated you on them if you weren’t aware.

Here’s a link to the list of the 58 gender options for Facebook users. It’s amazing how free we are to create our own identities, and I hope this helps you recognize that

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