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.”