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Teens Fight the Gender Binary

teens-fight-the-gender-binaryAs the LGBT movement gains more momentum, teens have begun to emphasize the "T" in the initialism, which stands for transgender.

Transgendered individuals don’t identify with the gender they were born as, and it can get a little complicated. Under the Trans* Umbrella falls the following terms: transgender, transsexual, transvestite, genderqueer, genderfluid, non-binary, genderless, agender, non-gendered, third gender, two-spirit, bigender, trans man, and trans woman. This can all be very confusing to a 14-year-old girl or boy!

LGTB-allied teens are trying to educate the world on what they call “cis privilege” (cis being someone who is cisgender, a person who identifies with the gender they were born as). Trans* people are harassed and discriminated against, which are societal issues that teens are working to fix.

Along with this comes teens fighting the gender binary, or the idea that there is dichotomy between male and female. These teens are fighting the idea that specific objects or activities are gender specific, as well as fighting the idea of gender roles in society.

Many teens are fighting the gender binary and striving for trans rights in effort for their peers to be able to freely express themselves without fear of threat, intimidation, or discrimination.

Make sure to speak with your teenager about these issues and movements so they can understand both sides and make an educated opinion about LGBT.

Leah Barr
Leah Barr

Hi! I'm Leah and I have been in love with the written word since the moment I learned to read. I've always had a passion for writing and, strangely enough, editing; both of which I do here at womensforum (as well as some research). I'm from Evanston, IL (Chicago's closest neighbor to the north) and I absolutely love it here in the Chicago area (especially Lake Michigan!). When I'm not reading or writing I like to go out doors for activities like white water rafting and parasailing, watch netflix, explore, and play my ukulele.

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