GREENSBORO, NC – A lawsuit filed against North Carolina’s HB2 is challenging the definition of sex and gender.

Merriam Webster defines sex as “female or male, especially on the basis of their reproductive organs and structures.”

However, the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against HB2 reads, “the person’s gender identity is the primary factor of establishing that person’s sex.”

The concept may be new to some people and many will never agree on the subject.

Some say genitalia makes a man a man, etc., regardless of outside influences or feelings. Others say gender identity is primary and the traditional concept of a man or woman is outdated, regardless of biological sex.

Dr. Jay Poole, an Associate Professor at UNC Greensboro, explained gender identity as “the way people often identity themselves based on what their experience of life is as opposed to what their biological sex may or may not be.