Your child may use different words to describe their gender. For more information about the different terms and gender identities, visit Stonewall.
If your child is questioning their gender and they are being supported by professionals, you may also hear doctors using terms such as gender dysphoria. This term describes the distress a young person may feel if their gender identity is different to their sex at birth.
Questions around gender identity can emerge at any time, and there is a wide range of reported experiences. As a parent, you may have been aware that your child has been questioning their gender identity for a long time, or you may have only found out about this recently. For some people, their gender identity, and the words they use to describe it, can also change or develop over time.