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Theme 4: Family adjustment/impact -The ways in which a family adjusts to and is impacted by a youth’s transgender identity may affect the youth’s identity development and access to support/ resources related to their gender identity - Theme 5: Stigma/ cisnormativity–stigma can be internalized and have a large influence on identity development. Many conceal or express even more strongly as their sex assigned at birth to compensate. - Theme 6: Support/resources –social support and professional support - Theme 7: Gender affirmation/actualization Model for emerging adults - Awareness- Exposure to others with similar gender-related experience as well as language surrounding gender identity/ expression Mirroring (Devor, 2004) Learning about and meeting transgender individuals was discussed by many as key to clarifying their identities and/or desires to transition - Exploration -exploring options associated with identifying and expressing their gender. What feels good, what doesn’t? (euphoria vs dysphoria) Normal to try things out before “knowing.” - Meaning Making -make meaning of their gender related experiences and sense of self. - Integration -process of integrating these meanings into a larger sense of self. Non-binary Identity Development - Binary normativity - Identity and disclosure later in life - Differences in goals of “passing” - Differences of desires for medical affirmation - More fluidity - Multiple “transitions” Lecture 2
Non-binary Minority Stress and Resilience Non-binary - The term is used in both as an umbrella term and a gender identity label to refer to people whose gender does not fall within the Western constructions of man and woman Transgender - Binary – Trans women and men - Non-Binary- Genderqueer, deminboy, demigirl, neutrous, Genderfluid, Bigender, Agender and more Non-binary Identities: - Agender, Nongender, Genderless –experiencing an absence of gender or not identifying with any gender - Bigender, Pangender, Polygender –experiencing the presence of multiple genders - Genderfluid, Genderflux –fluctuating between different genders - Genderqueer, Neutrios –a third gender identity that is in-between or outside the gender binary - Demiboy, Demigirl –partly, but not fully identifying with being a man/boy or woman/girl Distal Minority Stressors Pronouns and Gendered Language - Constant misgendering - Others struggling to use they/them pronouns - To correct others or not? - Visibiity/Invisibility on pronouns Hypervisibility - Gender non-comformity stands out - Use of the/them pronouns stands out Invisibility - Gendered spaces, roles - Lack of role models and representations - “there was no language or model outside the binary for me to make sense of myself” Invalidation - structural, interpersonal and vicarious o identity isn’t valid or real o you don’t look nonbinary o pressure to pick binary gender o nonbinary is made up on the internet o as trendy and attention seeking o Nonbinary as mental illness Burdening
- Expecting the metal and emotional labor of nonbinary people to educate others and take care of cisfragility - Being asked inappropriate personal questions -

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