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Gender 101 and How to Be An Ally

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Gender 101 and How to Be An Ally






At Girls Gone Strong we believe there is no wrong way to have a body and recognize that everyone who identifies as a woman is a ?real woman.?
 
As someone who works with and advocates for transgender and gender nonconforming youth, I really value this particular statement from the GGS mission.
GGS believes in helping women become our best, most authentic selves, and in uplifting other women to do the same. Understanding the complexities of gender and gender identity can be a critical part of affirming someone?s authentic self.
Though transgender and gender nonconforming folks are more visible in the media, pop culture, and American political landscape than ever before, not everyone spends a lot of time thinking about the complexities of gender. There is a lot to unpack from behind the words ?gender? and ?gender identity,? and we aren?t generally taught these things unless we take a women?s studies or gender studies course.
This means it?s likely you?ve heard people use language and terms related to gender that you may not understand. That?s okay! Language is always evolving in the LGBTQ community and sometimes it?s hard to keep up. 3
So let?s delve into Gender 101 and break some of these things down.
Learning the Language
When we?re born, we are assigned either male or female identity (what we usually just call ?sex?) based on medical factors such as hormones, chromosomes, and the appearance of our genitalia. This is called assigned sex or sex assigned at birth. 1
If you?re talking about a transgender person (in this example a transgender woman), instead of saying ?She used to be a boy? or ?She was born a boy,? it is preferable to say ?She was assigned male at birth.? Using this language clearly demonstrates that the sex assignment was another person?s decision and not related to how someone feels inside, or their gender identity.
We all have a gender identity, every single one of us. This is our internal sense of being male, female, a combination of those things, or none of those things. 6
Though ?LGBTQ? is an acronym that lumps together sexual orientation and gender identity, the two terms do not mean the same thing. Sexual orientation (such as being gay, bisexual, lesbian, or queer) is about our attraction to others. Gender identity is about who are are inside. 4
A transgender person is someone whose gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth. It?s okay to use the term trans as shorthand for transgender. (Note that ?transgendered? is not grammatically correct and shouldn?t be used.)

Being trans is not a phase. Assume that trans folks are as sure of their gender as you are of yours.

We are probably most familiar with either male to female transgender people (sometimes shortened MTF) or female to male (FTM) transgender people. Though plenty of trans folks have the experience of transitioning from one gender to another, there are many who have more complex gender identities.
This could mean that their gender ide...


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