SEX: The term ‘sex’ refers to a person’s biological characteristics, but it can also refer to legal classifications. A person’s sex is often described as being male or female. Some people may have sex characteristics that don’t fit usual definitions. Some people identify as neither male nor female, or both male and female.

GENDER: refers to a person’s internalised sense and outward expression of being either “feminine” or “masculine”; both; neither or moving freely around a diversity of genders. Gender is usually assigned to a person at birth; is associated with their determined biological sex; and based on the socially constructed roles, behavior’s, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for females or males. Many people do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth.

SEXUAL ORIENTATION: refers to a person’s sexual preference and expression. Some terms used to describe sexual orientation are heterosexual, homosexual (lesbian or gay), bisexual, pansexual, asexual and queer.

INTERSEX: refers to people who are born with genetic, hormonal or physical sex characteristics that are not typically ‘male’ or ‘female’. Intersex people have a diversity of bodies and identities.

Carmen / Photographer: Alexandra Hullah