He, she and…

Posted: March 31, 2013 in All Things Trans, LGBTQ

We Matter Media

Two Face

Although identifying people and actions as feminine or masculine has long been commonplace in North American culture, more and more people are stepping out of the binary gender system. Non-gender conformists and those transitioning from one gender to another are having to identify and be addressed as something they are not for lack of an alternative. Research suggests that removing the traditional male and female identifiers may create all sorts of positive changes within society, and not just for the minority.

Identifying as transgender is not an easy feat, especially for youth. A national U.S. survey conducted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network in 2006 found 90 percent of transgender respondents reported hearing negative remarks about one’s gender, specifically remarks about not being feminine or masculine enough. Introducing a gender neutral pronoun to everyday language may, albeit slowly, rid the traditional assumption that matching sex and gender is…

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