We've added a new section to help break down terms around gender.
The Associated Press compiled a list of essential words, phrases and definitions for coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, a major catalyst for the LGBTQ rights movement. Most terms are from the AP Stylebook. Others are in common usage in AP coverage or may be encountered during coverage of the anniversary.
Not synonymous with sex. Gender refers to a person’s social identity, while sex refers to biological characteristics. Not all people fall under one of two categories for sex or gender, according to leading medical organizations, so avoid references to both, either or opposite sexes or genders as a way to encompass all people. When needed for clarity or in certain stories about scientific studies, alternatives include men and women, boys and girls, males and females.
Language around gender is evolving. Newsrooms and organizations outside AP may need to make decisions, based on necessity and audience, on terms that differ from or are not covered by the AP’s specific recommendations. For instance, the AP recommends the terms sex reassignment or gender confirmation for the medical procedures used for gender transition, while some groups use other terms, such as gender affirmation or sex realignment.