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Gender Nonconformity

Mom Takes On Fox News' 'Mean Girl' Tactics On Gender Non-Conforming Youth

Posted 11.21.2014 | Gay Voices

By Lisa J. Keating | The Next Family I’d like to bring to the surface and discuss the real life damage that occurs because of the type of reporti...

The Story of Ferdinand: Talking With Kids About the First Children's Book on Gender Nonconformity

Lori Day | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Lori Day

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf was published in 1936, just before the Spanish Civil War. Because it was widely viewed as pacifist propaganda, it was banned in many countries.

Playing in the Spaces

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

In Harvey Fierstein's Tony-nominated play, Casa Valentina, men embody women. Or rather they reveal themselves through women's clothing, mannerisms and identities.

Anti-Trans Slurs and Drag: Who Exactly Is Transgender, and Does It Matter?

Dana Beyer | Posted 05.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

It might help for someone to talk with RuPaul and explain how many trans women really don't want to overcome their distaste for the slurs "tranny" and "shemale." As one who was slurred as a cover girl for the extremist Traditional Values Coalition back in 2008, I join in asking for simple respect and civility.

Call the (Gender) Police!

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 04.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

When lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer kids are attacked, they are usually the ones who are gender-nonconforming. This highlights the underlying problem: Our culture isn't killing people for being transgender; they're doing it for failing to stay within gender boundaries.

Can God Make People Who Don't Fit Into Our Boxes? The Transgender Question

Morgan Guyton | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Azusa Pacific University, a Christian college, recently decided to fire a theology professor for coming out as transgender. It got me thinking about a basic conflation that I think conservative evangelicals like Russell Moore are making in how they react to transgender people.

Is There a Link Between Autism and Gender Dysphoria?

Kyle Simon | Posted 09.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Kyle Simon

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) occur at a higher rate in transgender people than in the general population. Moreover, female-to-male (FTM) transgender people have higher rates of autistic features than do male-to-female (MTF) transgender people or cisgender males and females.

Our Evolving Multi-Gender Society

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

These are exciting times as the freedom to self-determine is allowing a myriad of identities to arise. My personal belief is that the binary will survive and be strengthened as the borders of the two main categories become softened and the codes that determine qualification are loosened.

The Many Mothers of Cinderella Boy: A Review of A Kid Like Jake

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

What if Cinderella attended the wrong ball? What if Cinderella were a 4-year-old boy named Jake whose parents desperately want him to get into an elite private school? These are among the questions raised by the new play A Kid Like Jake.

Boys Will Be Boys, At Last!: Thank You, Joel Stein

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Many thanks to you, sir, for your considered thoughts on gender correctness in last week's New York Times. It's a relief to know that "boys will be boys" (masculine, car-loving, toilet-fixing, lady-killing hunters) if parents get out of their own overly empathic, feminist-mind-controlled way.

It's OK to Be Neither: Teaching That Supports Gender-Variant Children

Melissa Bollow Tempel | Posted 02.20.2012 | Gay Voices
Melissa Bollow Tempel

It became evident that I would have to address gender directly in order to make the classroom environment more comfortable for Allie and to squash the gender stereotypes that my first graders had absorbed in their short lives.