What is gender identity?

Gender identity describes the gender with which a person identifies (e.g. whether one uses man, woman, or more individualized terminology to describe oneself). It is often referred to as an individual’s internal or psychological sense of gender. Gender identity may or may not differ from one's legal sex which is assigned at birth based on biological characteristics. Gender expression refers to the way individuals feel most comfortable expressing gender identity, often made socially visible through behavior, language, and clothing.