Gender identity is fluid and non-binary. While many of us have been raised with the concepts of masculinity and femininity being strictly associated with male and female sex organs respectively, gender identity is far more complex.
How an individual identifies and expresses their gender can vary (e.g., male, female, non-gendered, intersex, transgender/trans*, gender-queer, etc.). Gender is now understood to be far more than male or female but a continuum of masculinity and femininity. In general, our society is intolerant and prejudiced against individuals whose gender identity does not match their sex which creates many challenges for those who are not cisgender (i.e. those whose gender and sex are the same).
At the Counseling Center, we understand and value the role that gender identity plays in an individual’s life and incorporate those identities in treatment when appropriate. Please share your preferred pronouns and name with our front-desk staff or your counselor so we can use accurate language.