The Big Four

CANVAS has four main ……………………


a biological categorization, assigned at birth by doctors and parents.

— Doctors and parents assign sex based on genitals and internal reproductive organs, sex chromosomes, hormones, and more. These can exist in many different combinations.
— When doctors say “it’s a boy” or “it’s a girl”, they usually mean “this baby is male” or “this baby is female”. People can also be intersex.


the way you feel about yourself and your gender; Your internal sense of who you are.

— Your gender identity may or may not “match” your sex in the way that society expects. For example, someone who was assigned male at birth may grow up to identify as a woman.


the way you express your gender on the outside.

— People can express their gender through clothing, hairstyle, voice, and behaviour.
— Some words to describe gender expression are masculine and feminine.
— Someone’s gender expression may not “match” their gender identity in the way society expects. For example, a girl can wear masculine clothing.


who you like, love, or are attracted to.

— A more common term is “sexual orientation”. CANVAS uses the word “attraction” because there are many types of attractions, not just sexual.
— People may use words like
lesbian, straight, bisexual, and more to describe their attraction.