The Gender Elephant

We would like to formally introduce you to the newest member of the CCGSD family: The Gender Elephant!

Based largely on TSER’s Gender Unicorn graphic, The Gender Elephant is an educational tool that can be used by anyone to help learn and teach the concepts of gender identity, gender expression, sex, physical attraction, and romantic attraction.

Over the past couple months, we’ve been working on raising awareness of intersex people.  In light of these efforts, we decided the much-loved gender unicorn was due for an update; rather than having three distinct (and socially constructed) categories (i.e. female, male, other/intersex), our new illustration shows sex assigned at birth as the spectrum that it really is.

When it comes to biology, variation and diversity is the norm – not the exception.  I like to remind people that just like how all of our faces are unique, so is our biological makeup. Also, classifying those who do not neatly fit into the boxes of “male” or “female” as “other” implies that all intersex folks are the same – which is a huge overstatement.  Intersex is an umbrella term for anyone with a very wide range of characteristics and life experiences.

Download your own copies of the Gender Elephant in English & French here.

Learn more about intersex conditions here.

As always, feel free to contact us if you have any suggestions!

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