Appendix - Glossary of Terms

Gender Identity

Gender identity is one’s personal sense of their own gender.

Historically Marginalized Gender identities

Our definition of historically marginalized gender identities includes transgender women, cisgender women, transgender men, non-binary individuals, and all gender identities which have been systematically oppressed by those in power throughout history, especially in the political realm.

sex/gender/gender binary

The gender binary is a classification system that pairs together sex (which is based on an individual’s reproductive anatomy) and gender (which refers to the socially constructed ideas and expectations that a culture has for a certain sex). It describes a dichotomy of two distinguishable, distinct, “opposite” genders: males who identify as men and females who identify as women.


Non-binary is defined as any gender identity which falls in-between or outside of the gender binary. This may include individuals who are agender, genderfluid, two-spirit and more.


Transgender (or trans) describes people whose gender identity does not correspond with their sex assigned at birth.

Marginalized Communities

We define marginalized communities as groups of people who have been pushed to the edge of society due to their race, class, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, or any number of other identity-based justifications. This process consists of blocking marginalized individuals from various rights, opportunities, and resources that are normally available to members of the dominant (not marginalized) population. Some individuals identify with multiple marginalized groups, and may experience deeper marginalization and lack of representation as a result of their intersecting identities.


We use the term woman as a gender identity inclusive of people who are cisgender, transgender, or otherwise identify as women.


Our definition of young is anyone under the age of 30.