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Diversity in Medicine: Gender and Sexuality

Welcome! This guide shares resources about Gender & Sexuality for the medical field. It provides information specific to healthcare, as well as general background resources to understand Gender & Sexuality as a whole within society. 

  • Gender refers to the characteristics of women, men, girls and boys that are socially constructed.  This includes norms, behaviours and roles associated with being a woman, man, girl or boy, as well as relationships with each other. As a social construct, gender varies from society to society and can change over time. (Source: WHO)
  • Sex refers to the different biological and physiological characteristics of females, males and intersex persons, such as chromosomes, hormones and reproductive organs. (Source: WHO)

Source |Trans Student Educational Resources, 2015. “The Gender Unicorn.” http://www.transstudent.org/gender.

Last updated on Nov 14, 2022 5:40 PM