AFAB: An acronym for “assigned female at birth,” which refers to a person whose gender is assumed at birth to be female on the basis of their visible sex characteristics. Gender identity: A person’s internal sense of their gender. Gender expression: How a person performs and presents their gender to others through ways they dress, talk, move, and act. Gender incongruence: The mismatch a person perceives between their assigned sex at birth and their gender identity. Gender dysphoria: The discomfort a person feels as a result of gender incongruence. This may take the form of social dysphoria, body dysphoria, or both. Everyone in our culture is taught gender bias from the beginning of our lives. WORDS TO UNDERSTAND


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