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Youth Blog > Pushing the Boundaries of Gender

Posted on January 18th, 2013 by Lou in Featured, Transgender Blog, Youth Blog. No Comments

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Young people are helping to change our society’s definitions of gender.

A new article in the New York Times highlights the incredible work of young people across the country to be more inclusive of different gender identities. Not everyone chooses to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, and those words may mean different things to different people. The article gives examples of young people leading the way towards more fluidity and new identities.

Transgender and gender non-conforming young people are bringing new inspiration for us all to value and appreciate.  We want to give a shout out to those who are pushing the boundaries and to spread the excitement!

How we think about gender and sexuality is constantly changing.

A perfect example of this change is in the DSM-V, which is the U.S. mental health professional’s guide to understanding and treating mental health problems. This new guide changes the old “Gender Identity Disorder” to “Gender Dysphoria.”

This is an important step in how society views transgender individuals. The new term was created to have a less negative meaning. Many advocates hope this will lead to gender non-conforming and transgender people no longer being seen as having a disorder or mental illness.

It usually takes years for others in our society to catch up with these new ideas, but changes are coming.  Similarly, it was only 40 years ago that the DSM-II was revised to remove “homosexuality” as a mental health disorder. That was a significant step towards the way we understand what it means to be gay or lesbian now.

Check out these awesome articles for more on this topic:

The IMPACT Program: Gender Identities & Expressions Map

New York Times:  “Generation LGBTQIA”

Think Progress LGBT:  “APA Revises Manual: Being Transgender Is No Longer a Mental Disorder”

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