Gender identity, sexual orientation and the prefix Cis-

Gender/Gender Identity:

is how we perceive our identity as male, female, both, or neither, regardless of our physical bodies

Have you ever been invited to a Gender Reveal Party? They are all the rage amongst new parents nowadays, but when you understand what gender really means, calling them a Gender Reveal Party is a misnomer.

Gender is about how a person perceives themselves regardless of their genitalia. We need to accept that each person has the right to determine their own gender. Doctors can tell parents what Biologic Sex their baby is but their gender will be discovered as the beautiful child grows up and starts to express their inner being.

Sexual Orientation:

is a person's emotional, romantic and/or sexual attraction to another person(s).

As an Affirming Congregation, we believe that sexual orientation is natural and diverse. People may be attracted to the opposite sex, the same sex, both sexes or neither sex.


is a person whose gender identity matches society's expectations of someone with their physical sex characteristics.

So Cis- does not mean Sis like a sister. Cis- means that you fit into what society expects. This is a term that is sometimes used by the LGBTQ2S Community in a negative way because of the fact that being what is expected is not a luxury that is available to this Community.

We hope that you have learned something new this week and added to your vocabulary but more important expanded your understanding. Expanding our understanding is akin to opening our hearts. It brings us closer to God’s Kin-dom.


A Trans person is one who dresses as the binary opposite gender expression. Never use the term transvestite, instead use simply Trans.


is wearing clothing that conflicts with the traditional gender expression of your sex and gender identity (e.g., a man wearing a dress) for any one of many reasons, including relaxation, fun, and sexual gratification; often conflated with transsexuality.