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Gender Spectrum

Neuroscience Proves What We've Known All Along: Gender Exists on a Spectrum

Ravishly | Posted 01.20.2015 | Science
Ravishly

Ever wonder about the brain's white matter microstructure diffusivity? Don't know what the hell we're talking about? Well, start paying attention... because it may be important in determining our gender identity.

When Being Trans Is Not Trans Enough

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 01.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Let us not forget that transgender is an umbrella that encompasses all persons whose authentic identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female genders and assigned gender at birth. Male and female are increasingly being presented as two distinct states, with nothing between.

The Beauty Of Being Genderqueer

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 12.25.2014 | Gay Voices

As the transgender community continues to fight its way into mainstream conversations, we recognize others who also fit outside the male-female binary...

Facebook's Gender Identities

Dana Beyer | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

As expected, there was a rush of praise from the LGBT community, and condemnation from Fox News and its reactionary brethren. On further analysis, I believe this is significant progress yet not as momentous a change as some imagine.

Facebook Provides Opportunity for Lesson in Gender Identity

Chris Edwards | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Edwards

A few months ago I was filling out an online customer survey. Under "gender," in addition to "male" and "female," there was a third option: "other." I thought that was impressive. Then Facebook came along and added 50. Bravo, Facebook, bravo.

Lost in Trans-lation

Nadia Cho | Posted 09.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Nadia Cho

Transgender and genderqueer individuals challenge us to think about how people are defined and what it means to be who we really are. What constitutes a man or a woman is dictated by cultural norms, and how we identify with a certain gender is more complicated than we think. Gender is a spectrum.

(A) Male, (B) Female, (C) Both, (D) Neither

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

I feel deeply male, yet I'd never want to be just a man. I am deeply proud of being assigned and raised female yet prefer not to be referred to as "she." I like to think there are more than two choices. Male? Female? Not enough.

Does 'Bisexual' Imply That There Are Only Two Genders?

A.J. Walkley | Posted 03.18.2013 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

The idea that bisexuals are attracted to only two genders is an incredibly common stereotype of all bisexuals. Many people assume that the "bi" aspect of the word "bisexuality" implies a gender binary, and that those who identify as bisexual are only attracted to males and females.

You've Got a Friend

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 03.18.2013 | Women
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

No photo, witty posting or apt political cartoon can match sitting on a park bench with a friend. No amount of clicking "like" stands in for keeping me company before a scary mammogram. Friends take that seat next to you so you don't sit alone.

The Bad 'B' Word: A Need For Bisexual Acceptance

A.J. Walkley | Posted 10.20.2012 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

Why, in this day and age, is the term "bisexual" still a bad word with negative connotations? Why do those who may have identified as bisexual in the past feel the need to find other terms for their sexuality today?

The Gender Spectrum: A Detrimental Solution to the Binary Problem

Sandra Matsevilo | Posted 05.28.2012 | College
Sandra Matsevilo

While the gender spectrum is a plausible stepping stone in better understanding gender, it is in no way a final solution to helping individuals find their identities.

Gender Diversity and Kids: Happiness Matters, not Nail Polish

Stephanie Brill | Posted 09.13.2011 | Impact
Stephanie Brill

It all begins at home. Should you allow your son to wear nail polish out of the house? If he likes it, why not? It won't make him gay; it won't make him transgender. It just may make him happy.

Elementary School Tries Out Gender Spectrum Lessons

San Jose Mercury News | Katy Murphy | Posted 07.28.2011 | Education

OAKLAND -- Some girls like the color blue. Some boys like to wear things that sparkle. Not all girls play with dolls, and not all boys like to play wi...

Revolution vs. Reform: Moving Beyond the Assimilationist '4 Ms' of the LGB Movement

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

My discomfort in watching the joyous reactions to recent gains for marriage equality stems from my understanding of the Stonewall rebellion as an impetus for revolutionary change within an oppressive social structure, as opposed to mere reform, accommodation, or assimilation.