Sex describes genetic sex, gender describes the societal constructs gender identity and gender role, and human sexuality describes sexual preference.

  • Sex is both genetic (what genes a person has and how they express) and epigenetic (how genes express and how environmental factors effect genes). Biological sex depends on the genes a person has and how those genes express to create physiological differences (like a penis or vagina). Biological sex is not thought to be affected by environmental factors.
  • Gender refers to societal constructs of gender identity (how a culture perceives a person and how a person perceives themselves) and gender roles (a set of societal norms based on actual or perceived sex, gender, or sexuality).
  • Sexuality refers to personal preference regarding human sexuality (which comes in a variety of flavors based on nature and nurture).

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People Can Be Intersex Fact

People can be intersex. Society divides people into male and female, but there is no reliable scientific evidence that supports that binary categorization.

All Mammals Start as Female Myth

Mammals don’t start as females, they start as a blank slate with XX/XY genetic code, and for the first 5-6 weeks of gestation only the X gene expresses.

Some People are Born Gay Fact

Science suggests people are born in a range of places in the gay and transgender spectrum, with both nature and nurture playing a role in sexuality.

Being Gay Used to Be Illegal Fact

“Being gay” (same-sex activity and partnership) used to be illegal in the U.S. and the U.K., and being gay is still illegal in many parts of the world. The details are complex.

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