Avoid essentialist biases and treat all identities, non-binary, gender nonconforming, trans, or cis, as equally valid.
Trans children who live as the gender they identify with act and develop similarly to their cisgender counterparts, according to a new study.
An increasing recognition of this complexity by researchers and the public has affirmed that gender sits on a spectrum: People are more and more willing to acknowledge the reality of nonbinary and transgender identities, and to support those who courageously fight for their rights in everything from all-gender bathrooms to anti-gender-discrimination laws. But underlying all of this is the perception that no matter the gender a person identifies as, they have an underlying sex they were born with. This represents a fundamental misunderstanding about the nature of biological sex. Science keeps showing us that sex also doesn’t fit in a binary, whether it be determined by genitals, chromosomes, hormones, or bones…
Actual research shows that sex is anything but binary.
We want to live our truth in the present and define our own future – not be algorithmically chained to false identities
A new study that was conducted with 85 non-conforming children, aged three to 12, has found that children perceive their own genders earlier than previously thought. The team asked study participants how close they felt to boys or girls, and which gender they were.
A new study shows that gender-nonconforming kids who go on to transition already have a strong sense of their true identity—one that differs from their assigned gender.
Many concepts are hard to explain to those who have not experienced them — and gender dysphoria is one of the most profound examples. These difficult feelings about gender, feelings that many trans folks grapple with, are near impossible for many to understand — so they dismiss, ridicule, and attempt to invalidate them. But gender dysphoria is real and scientifically documented.
If repeated, the feat may open the door to expanding infertility treatments