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Affirming Gender Identities in Crew

Students in Erica Young's 6th-8th grade crew at Amana Academy, an EL Education school in Alpharetta, Georgia, discuss gender identities and how crew can affirm them.

EL Education respects and honors your gender identity. Gender identity is how you identify and see yourself. Everyone gets to decide their gender identity for themselves. You may identify as a girl, boy, woman, or man. If you don't feel like a boy, girl, man, or woman, you might identify as agender genderqueer, nonbinary, gender non-conforming or exclusively as a person. If your gender identity matches the sex assigned to you at birth, then you are cisgender. People whose gender identity does not match their sex assigned at birth may be transgender. An ally is a person who might not be LGBTQ but shows support for LGBTQ people and promotes equality in a variety of ways. You have the right to identify however you want, and your identity should be respected.

Adapted from: Human Rights Campaign Glossary of Terms and GLSEN Terminology Guide.

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