What Is Gender Identity?

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When it comes to gender identity it is the feeling and how a person self-identifies as. This is dissimilar from a persons’ gender or identity that a person has at present time. For instance, if a person is a female, that person feels and knows that they are a male. When it comes to sexuality it is in reference to what gender of person that they are attracted to. Even though gender identity is different from sexuality, there is a misunderstanding between the two. As a counselor dealing with both of these spectrums it is a common experience to confront in this day and age. Gender Identity As discussed before when it comes to gender identity is when a person self-identifies as either a female, male, both, and are neither from their opposite gender (Hays & Erford, p. 128). Gender identity is not when you label yourself as gay, lesbian, or a bisexual this deal with a person’s, sexual orientation which will be discussed later in the report. Furthermore, because of the diversity that people are going through today when it comes to their gender identity, it has been made publicly due to celebrities and local news. Yet, when it comes to counseling a person who is struggling and dealing with gender identity. It is important to have the client recognize and full articulate what their gender identity…show more content…
Gender identity experiences have been dated back to the biblical era. There are points in history where there was talk of transgender men and women. When we look back at the bible it mentions that Joan of Arc found himself in a transgender village (Hays & Erford, 2014, p. 107). When it came to the World Wars and even in the Civil and Cold War, there were instances where women would dress like men to fight (HistoryNet, Brown, & Stein, 2016). This has become an issue because of the attention that it is receiving in social media outlets, the news channels, newspapers, and our
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