What is gender identity?
When we’re born people have to record whether we’re a boy or a girl. This is usually based on looking at our sexual organs, but for some people their gender identity can be different.
Lots of things make up your gender identity, including:
- your body and biological sex, for example your sexual organs
- how you feel about your gender and how you identify yourself
- your gender expression, for example how you dress or act.
Gender identity isn’t just male or female. Some people can identify as non-binary, and how people identify can change over time.
It’s okay to take your time when thinking about your gender identity, especially if you’re feeling pressured to identify as a specific gender. For many young people feeling unsure about their gender is part of growing up and can pass in time, for some these feelings continue for longer.
If you’re unsure about your gender identity, you’re struggling to cope or you want to talk about what it means to you, we’re here to help.