Spectrums of Identity

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this video learners will:

  • Understand that identity labels are personal and can mean different things to different people
  • Remember that almost all elements of identity, including gender, exist on a spectrum, and there’s no one right way to do it
  • Understand it is not our place to police how other people exist in their gender and that we should appreciate all the human diversity that exists

Reflection Questions:

  • Do you make assumptions about a person’s gender identity or place gendered expectations on them based on their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, body size, religion, clothing, makeup, etc?
  • What thoughts and feelings come up for you when you cannot easily determine the gender of a person? Do you find yourself trying to determine the person’s sex assigned at birth? Why do you think that is?

Presented by: Aspen Ruhlin (they/them/theirs)
Community Advocate, Mabel Wadsworth Clinic

In this video Aspen describes the different spectrums of identity and the variation that can occur between them.