Welcome to TPC Identity, a column in which we will discuss everything that makes you you - from gender to sexual orientation and everything in between. Come as you are.
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What does sex assigned at birth mean?
A sex assigned at birth is the label a medical professional gives a baby when it is born based on their body/genitals, either assigned female at birth (AFAB), assigned male at birth (AMAB), or intersex.
What is a gender identity?
A person’s gender identity is how they feel and what they know about themselves. This is a deep feeling inside of being a boy, girl, both, neither, or another gender. Some people’s gender identity and their assigned sex match in a common way. However, others do not. Some people don’t feel like any gender and may be agender, and others feel like all genders. There is no way to tell a person's gender identity - even by noticing how they express their gender through clothing, voice, hairstyles, and more!
A lot of people confuse these two - you may see the term "gender" used when someone really mean to say "sex". A good way to remember the difference is that sex assigned at birth is about one's anatomy, biology and chromosomes and gender is a deep feeling and knowing one has about themselves - whether it matches their sex assigned at birth or not! Let's look into some gender identities to break it down a bit more.