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Gender Identity and Expression

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Gender is our
experience and

Some examples of include:

If none of these
words describe
your gender
you can choose
words that do.
This is OK.


Transgender is a word some people use to refer to their
gender not entirely matching what was assumed for them
at birth. There are many different ways to be transgender.
Some transgender people also use the word non-binary,
but not all do.


Your Name

If you want to be
called by a different
name, you have the
right to choose one.

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Gender Expression

You have the right to dress, present, and express yourself in the way that best fits your gender. You also have the right to explore and experiment with your appearance.
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People are not always supportive of others expressing themselves how they would like. Sometimes people may experience negative or unfriendly behaviour or comments because of this. This is not OK. If this happens to you, tell someone you trust.

You have the right to get support if you would like to talk to someone about your gender.

speak to
trusted someone

The law says people can change their legal sex on their birth certificate. You can ask for help from a trusted person or legal organisation to do this.

You can change the sex or gender on your personal documents. Each document will have different things you need to do to make this change. You may need to provide a letter of support from a medical professional. You can ask a trusted someone to help you with this.

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Page last updated: January 30, 2024