LGBTQ Youth Work to Redefine Gender
July 18, 2013 by Rohmteen Mokhtari, Coordinator, Family Project
When it comes to gender, many LGBTQ youth are ditching the binary and creating their own rules, and some adults are taking note.
On Tuesday’s All Things Considered NPR reporter Margot Adler explored some of the many new and creative ways high school and college students are defining their own gender identities and challenging rigid gender roles.
The piece begins with a meeting at Oberlin College’s interfaith council where students introduced themselves by saying their names and their preferred gender pronouns (PGPs). This simple act empowers individuals to define their own gender.
And as Adler notes, a new generation is often demanding more than two options.
Listen to the NPR story here.
The shift in how this generation views and defines gender was also reflected in HRC’s groundbreaking survey of over 10,000 LGBTQ teens. In the survey, we heard from youth who identified as male, female, both, neither, somewhere in-between and unsure. Transgender, androgynous, gender fluid, genderqueer, gender-expansive, third gender and person were just a few of the terms that some youth used to define themselves.
In the coming months, HRC, in partnership with Gender Spectrum, will be releasing a report titled “Redefining Gender: Youth Speak Up and Out,” examining data from this survey and its implications for adults working with youth. Stay tuned for the release, and learn more about HRC's groundbreaking survey of LGBT youth at www.hrc.org/youth.
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