Question: What is gender identity and why is it important?

The expression of your gender through the way you behave and dress is an important part of your self-identity, and is central to your mental health and wellbeing. Many transgender people hide their gender expression in public for fear of negative reactions, violence or discrimination.

What is gender identity and examples?

For example, when someones gender expression is different to what people expect, they are often assumed to be gay or lesbian. Like boys who take Home Economics at school or girls who play Rugby for sport. Bodies are different to both gender identity and sexuality.

What is gender identity and why does it develop?

Gender identity typically develops in stages: Around age two: Children become conscious of the physical differences between boys and girls. Before their third birthday: Most children can easily label themselves as either a boy or a girl. By age four: Most children have a stable sense of their gender identity.

What factors affect gender identity?

Factors that Influence Gender Identity Biological factors that may influence gender identity include pre- and post-natal hormone levels and genetic makeup. Social factors include ideas regarding gender roles conveyed by family, authority figures, mass media, and other influential people in a childs life.

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