What is Gender Identity?

“Gender identity” refers to how people see and identify themselves; for example, some people identify as female; some people identify as male; some people as a combination of genders; as a gender other than male or female; or as no gender. For example, transgender girls identify as girls but were classified as males when they were born. Transgender boys identify as boys but were classified female when they were born.  Everyone has a gender identity. Gender Identity is separate from an individuals biological sex.

Gender is an amalgamation of several elements: chromosomes (those X’s and Y’s), anatomy (internal sex organs and external genitals), hormones (relative levels of testosterone and estrogen), psychology (self-defined gender identity), and culture (socially defined gender behaviors). And sometimes people who are born with the chromosomes and genitals of one sex realize that they are transgender, meaning they have an internal gender identity that aligns with the opposite sex—or even, occasionally, with neither gender or with no gender at all.


A persons anatomy is scientific fact, how is gender identity fact?

There has been significant scientific research into transgender or gender non-conforming people (see more below). In addition, Article I. Section 4. of the U.S. constitution protects the liberty of the conscience. This liberty protects the beliefs of the individual without discrimination, and so, we ask the same of gender identity. 


What science can I find to back up the gender Spectrum and Transgender?

Here are three of many examples:

SITN Harvard University: Between the (Gender) Lines: the Science of Transgender Identity: Here

Boston University School of Medicine: Gender Identity is Biological, Study Says: Here

Medical University of Vienna: Neuroscience Proves: Gender Exists on a Spectrum: Here


LGBT people make up only 3% of America why should the rest of us change?

Asian Americans make up 3.6% of the population, Atheists make up only 3.1%, Jewish faith makes up 1.9% of the country, Muslims only 0.9%, Buddhists and Hindus both 0.7%. Their freedoms and civil rights should be respected and honored just the same.


TransGender people make up even less of the population, why should the rest of us change?

Determining how many transgender people there are in the U.S. has been challenging for a number of reasons, mostly because they still cannot identify on consensus. But a new study from the Williams Institute estimates that there are approximately 1.4 million of them — twice as many as were previously estimated.


What's the need For 'labels' if that's what causes the problem?

A vastly growing number of people who feel they fall between the lines of gender are reminded of how different they are when they are not recognized. Denying people their gender identity or expression only exacerbates this isolation. We need to stop pretending a spectrum and these people don't exist. We must learn and grow as a society and that begins with recognizing and acknowledging.


Is Being a Transgender or Gender neutral Person Considered a Disorder?

No. And, as Dr. Olson says, “Being transgender is not a mental illness” either. In May 2013, medical professionals removed “Gender Identity Disorder” from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).


Do All Transgender People Have Surgery?

No. Not all transgender people have surgery—or any medical intervention. Being transgender is not about physical changes—it is about gender identity. For a transgender person, their gender identity does not align with their biological sex.


What laws protect Gender identity now?

Right now in 32 states there is no explicit state law protecting people from being fired for being transgender. Only 18 states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington) and D.C. currently prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. And according to the Human Rights Campaign, while “nearly 91% of Fortune 500 companies include sexual orientation in their workplace policies” only “61 percent include gender identity.”

As President Obama said when he signed the order, “Today in America, millions of our fellow citizens wake up and go to work with the awareness that they could lose their job, not because of anything they do or fail to do, but because of who they are: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender. And that's wrong.”

This law is now under threat under The Trump Administration. As of February 2017 The Trump administration withdrew Obama-era protections for transgender students in public schools that let them use bathrooms and facilities corresponding with their gender identity.

Which is why we want to change the constitution to protect Gender identity as free speech.


I want to protect myself and my children in the bathroom, how can i do that if anyone can walk in?

Any person can walk into any bathroom with ill intent, this issue is not in transgender or gender non-conforming Americans, but in predators with ill intent. To say transgender or gender non-conforming people cannot use the bathroom is to say they are a kin to the predators, and puts their humanity into question.


if anyone can walk into a bathroom with ill intentionS, it'll be easier if you protect gender identity?

This civil right does not excuse acts that are licentious or inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State. Being transgender or gender non-conforming does not excuse you from crime, however your gender identity is not one. This is more than a bathroom issue, this is a civil rights issue, and a sexual assault issue. We must ask why sexual assaults occur to begin with, and it is not because transgender people are in the bathroom.


Do transgender people get assaulted?

Sexual violence has been found to be even higher in some subpopulations within the transgender community, including transgender youth, transgender people of color, individuals living with disabilities, homeless individuals, and those who are involved in the sex trade. For example, the 2011 Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey found that 12 percent of transgender youth report being sexually assaulted in K–12 settings by peers or educational staff; 13 percent of African-American transgender people surveyed were sexually assaulted in the workplace; and 22 percent of homeless transgender individuals were assaulted while staying in shelters.


How Many Transgender People Are Lost to Suicide and Murder?

Following the death of Leelah Alcorn in late December -- the transgender young woman whose suicide note ended in the plea “Fix society. Please” -- there have been an additional eight transgender youth who have died by suicide in 2015. Nick Adams, who works for GLAAD and is a transgender man, says that all of us should be concerned about these tragic numbers. Adams says he believes the number of transgender people who commit suicide isn’t “because transgender people are more mentally unstable than non-transgender people—it's because we live in a society that gives us very little hope that we can be accepted and understood as our true selves. The culture needs to change so that transgender people can see a future for themselves and survive."

As for homicides, “In 2015,” Adams adds, “seven transgender women have been murdered in the United States.”


How did the gender identity liberty and freedom law come to be?

After reviewing the U.S. Constitution it came to our attention that one of the most beautiful parts of America is the freedom and liberty of faith which creates diversity and substance in our country. This is Article I, Section 4. of the Declaration of Rights in California, widely known as 'The freedom of Religion'. 

Though not based on conclusive scientific fact, America would not be the free country it is without the protection of religion and this liberty of the conscience. This is the faith in who you are and where you come from.

In Websters Dictionary 'Religion' is defined as:

  1. 1a :  the state of a religious a nun in her 20th year of religionb (1) :  the service and worship of God or the supernatural (2) :  commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance

  2. 2:  a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices

  3. 3archaic :  scrupulous conformity :  conscientiousness

  4. 4:  a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith

Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals with or without the backing of scientific fact, can arguably say that this is a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith. A deep knowing and belief of who they are and an indisputable characteristic born to them. 

Which is why, Gender Identity Liberty And Freedom Act created a referendum, to amend the Constitution starting in California with an initiative to protect your gender identity as free speech.

 

 

More information can be found at: https://www.ovc.gov/pubs/forge/sexual_numbers.html http://abcnews.go.com/Health/questions-answered-transgender-people/story?id=30570113 http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/01/how-science-helps-us-understand-gender-identity/