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Getting a handle on gender definitions

■ GENDER EXPRESSION: The manner in which a person represents or expresses gender to others, often through behavior, clothing, hairstyles, activities, voice or mannerisms.

■ GENDER IDENTITY: A person’s gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s physiology or assigned sex at birth.

■ GENDER NONCONFORMING: A term used to describe people whose gender expression differs from stereotypic expectations. The terms “gender variant” or “gender atypical” are also used.

■ TRANSGENDER: An umbrella term used to describe a person whose general identity or gender expression is different from that traditionally associated with the assigned sex at birth.

Source: The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s “Guidance for Massachusetts Public Schools.”


Valley schools applaud transgender student directives

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Area students, educators and activists are applauding new state guidelines on the treatment of transgender students as a needed step in creating safer, more supportive public schools. They say the guidelines will help raise awareness about issues that are still uncharted territory for many school districts. “A lot of people still don’t know that sex is different from gender,” said …

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