- Sex and gender are two distinct, independent aspects of an individual- True/False
True. A person’s sex is independent of their gender. This is because an individual’s sex does not determine their gender and vice-versa. For example, a trans man could have female sex characteristics, but that does not reflect his gender identity and expression. Similarly, individuals with intersex traits could identify as any range of gender identities, regardless of their assigned sex.
- All intersex individuals are transgender- True/False
False. Gender identity and intersex status are completely different and independent from each other. Intersex individuals may identify across a wide range of gender identities; indeed, most intersex individuals have no issue with the sex assigned to them at birth and have no wish of transitioning. Even if an intersex individual chooses not to identify with the sex they were assigned at birth, they may not consider themselves transgender.
- Some lesbian women are transgender- True/False
True. An individual’s sexuality is completely independent from their gender identity. Transgender women may identify as lesbians, bi, queer, asexual or anything else!
- Men who engage in sexual activity with other men must be gay- True/False
False. An individual’s sexual expression might not be the same as their sexual identity. Consider MSM (men who have sex with men), many of whom identify as straight, men who identify as bisexual or other non-binary sexual identities.
- Women by definition have ovaries, a uterus and a vagina- True/False
False. Sex and gender are independent of each other. It may be the case that some trans women may have what we consider “male” genitalia. Alternatively, the definition of “male anatomy” may not apply to women with certain intersex traits. After all, men and women are more than just their genitals.
LGBTIQ people use a diverse range of terms and language to describe their bodies, identities and experience. In the next videos, we’ll break down some of the terms used throughout this resource.
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