An Introduction to Gender Identities

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What is Gender Identity?

A person’s internal and deeply felt sense and experience of their gender.

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Gender Identities to Know

Here are some of the most common gender identities reported by gender diverse people in the United States

Trans Woman / Transgender Woman / Trans Feminine

A person who identifies as a woman and was assigned male at birth.


“I walk in the world as a woman because I am a woman, and people should take me as that. I’m just being myself.”

~Janet Mock (she/her), writer and activist

Trans Man / Transgender Man / Trans Masculine

A person who identifies as a man and was assigned female at birth.


“I knew I was a boy when I was a toddler. Every little aspect of my life, that is who I was, who I am, and who I knew myself to be.”

~Elliot Page (he/him), actor

Nonbinary / Genderqueer / Gender Expansive

A person who does not identify exclusively as a man or a woman, but as both, neither, or somewhere in between.

Sam Smith

“I’m not male or female, I flow somewhere in between. It’s all on the spectrum.”

~Sam Smith (they/them), musician


A person who identifies as having two or more genders.

CK Malone

“Growing up, I knew already that I was both a boy and a girl.”

~CK Malone (they/them), author


A person who identifies as having two or more genders, and who experiences their gender as varying or shifting over time.

Cara Delevingne

“I am a ‘she’ right now. But I also like dressing up as a man and being a ‘he’. Whether it’s masculine and feminine, it’s just who I am.”

~Cara Delevingne (she/her), model and actor

Agender / Genderless / Gender-Free / Neutrois

A person who does not identify as having a gender identity or who experiences their gender as neutral.

Tyler Ford

“To me, being agender means not being confined by expectations or by labels.”

~Tylor Ford (they/hir), writer and activist

Two Spirit

A person who fulfils one of many mixed or crossed gender roles found in many Native Americans and Canadian First Nations groups.

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“I see myself between this terrible binary that’s been created — the Western world imposed this male/female binary, ‘this way or that way’ kind of mentality.”

~Blake Desjarlais (he/him), Cree and Métis member of the Canadian parliament

Many more gender identities exist, such as:

Demigirl / demiboy
and many more!