Gender Identities

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. 

gender neutrality

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.

  • National Center for Transgender Equality: The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. By empowering transgender people and our allies to educate and influence policymakers and others, NCTE facilitates a strong and clear voice for transgender equality in our nation's capital and around the country.
  • Gender Spectrum: Support for gender sensitive and inclusive environments.
  • The Center: Home of The Center's Gender Identity Project
  • Gender Identity and Expression Resources: Dickinson college has provided a number of links to useful resources