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Identity Sphere:


The idea that gender identities and expressions do not fit on a linear scale, but rather on a sphere that allows room for all expression without weighting any one expression as better than another.





Impairment / Disability:


The state or fact of being impaired, whether physical or mental.  Disability - a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities.  The word disability implies “decreased-ability” and therefore impairment is sometimes preferred.





In the Closet:


Refers to a homosexual, bisexual, transperson or intersex person who will not or cannot disclose their sex, sexuality, sexual orientation or gender identity to their friends, family, co-workers, or society. An intersex person may be closeted due to ignorance about their status since standard medical practice is to “correct,” whenever possible, intersex conditions early in childhood and to hide the medical history from the patient. There are varying degrees of being “in the closet”; for example, a person can be out in their social life, but in the closet at work, or with their family. Also known as ‘Downlow” or ‘D/L.’


Institutional Oppression:


Arrangements of a society used to benefit one group at the expense of another through the use of language, media, education, religion, economics, etc.





Intergender:


A person whose gender identity is between genders or a combination of genders.






Internalized Oppression:


The process by which a member of an oppressed group comes to accept and live out the inaccurate stereotypes applied to the oppressed group.





Intersex (adjective):


People born with sex chromosomes, external genitalia or an internal reproductive system that is not considered standard for either male or female. Parents and physicians usually will determine the sex of the child, resulting in surgery or hormone treatment. Many intersex adults seek an end to this practice.




Intersex Person:


Someone whose sex a doctor has a difficult time categorizing as either male or female. A person whose combination of chromosomes, gonads, hormones, internal sex organs, gonads, and/or genitals differs from one of the two expected patterns.




 
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