What's the difference between sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression?

A person’s sexual orientation refers to how they’re romantically, emotionally, and/or sexually attracted or not attracted to others.

Their gender identity refers to how they identify internally as a man, woman, neither, both, or some other gender. This is separate from their sexual orientation.

Their gender expression refers to how they express their gender externally. This may be different than their internal gender identity. For example, a man could cross dress as a woman for performance, but still identify with the male gender.

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