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.