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Rodna fluidnost: šta to znači i zašto je podrška važna

Odvojite trenutak - da, upravo sada - da razmislite o svom spolu. Da li se identifikujete kao žena, muškarac ili drugi rod: u suštini, kako biste opisali svoj rodni identitet?? Kako drugima pokazujete svoj spol kroz svoj izgled ili ponašanje - drugim riječima, svoj rodno izražavanje?? I da li se vaš rodni identitet ili rodni izraz promijenio ili ostao isti tokom vremena?

Ovakva pitanja mogu biti posebno vrijedna ako se pitate kako se rodni identitet i izražavanje mogu promijeniti kako djeca rastu. I, naravno, ova pitanja mogu odjeknuti i kod mnogih odraslih osoba.

Ponekad sam u životu imao kraću kosu i volio sam muške hlače i cipele. Takođe sam uživao povremeno igrajući muške uloge u pozorišnim predstavama i oblačeći se u kostime kao muškarac na Noć vještica. Ponekad sam u životu imala dužu kosu i često nošene haljine i viseće naušnice - i ženstvenije kostime za Noć vještica. Iako se moj rodni izraz s vremenom promijenio između manje ženstvenog i ženstvenijeg, uvijek sam se identificirala kao djevojka ili žena.

Šta je rodna fluidnost?

Definirajmo nekoliko pojmova. Cisgender znači da rodni identitet osobe odgovara spolu - ženskom ili muškom - naznačenom u njihovom originalnom izvodu iz matične knjige rođenih. Rodna fluidnost odnosi se na promjenu tokom vremena u rodnom izrazu ili rodnom identitetu osobe, ili oboje. Ta promjena može biti u izražavanju, ali ne u identitetu, ili u identitetu, ali ne i u izrazu. Ili se i izraz i identitet mogu promijeniti zajedno.

Za neke mlade osobe, fluidnost spolova može biti način da se istraži rod prije nego što se stane na stabilniji rodni izraz ili identitet. Za druge, fluidnost spolova može se nastaviti neograničeno dugo kao dio njihovog životnog iskustva s rodom.

Neki ljudi sebe opisuju kao „rodno fluidne“. Kao identitet, obično se uklapa pod transrodni i nebinarni kišobran, koji se odnosi na osobe čiji se rodni identitet ne podudara sa spolom koji im je dodijeljen u njihovom originalnom izvodu iz matične knjige rođenih. (Nebinarno znači da se rodni identitet osobe ne uklapa u stroge kulturne kategorije žena ili muškaraca.)

Ne identificiraju se svi koji mijenjaju svoj rodni izraz ili identitet kao rodno fluidni. Niti svi žele medicinski tretman koji potvrđuje rod kako bi promijenili svoje tijelo kako bi se bolje uskladili sa rodnim identitetom.

Kako se rod razvija i mijenja?

Ljudi obično počinju razvijati rodni identitet u ranom djetinjstvu, oko 2 ili 3. godine. Rodni identitet razvija se u više društvenih konteksta: u nečijoj porodici, njihovoj većoj zajednici, te u društvu i historijskom vremenu u kojem žive. Svaki od ovih može imati vrlo različite norme i očekivanja u vezi sa rodnim izražavanjem i rodnim identitetom.

Na primjer, dijete može živjeti u porodici koja vjeruje da je rod složeniji od dječaka ili djevojčice i potiče raznolikost rodnih izraza. To isto dijete može živjeti u gradu u kojem većina ljudi vjeruje da bi dječaci trebali "izgledati kao dječaci", a djevojčice "kao djevojčice". I ovo dijete bi moglo živjeti u društvu i u historijsko vrijeme sa sličnim rodnim normama kao i njihova zajednica. Stoga se ovo dijete može osjećati slobodnijim da ima drugačiji polni izraz ili identitet kod kuće nego u javnosti.

Za mnoge se osobe rodni identitet i izražavanje razvijaju rano i ostaju isti tijekom vremena. Za druge se može promijeniti jedno ili drugo. Iako se takve promjene mogu dogoditi u bilo koje doba života osobe, one su češće u djetinjstvu i adolescenciji nego kasnije u odrasloj dobi.

Koja je razlika između rodno fluidnih i transrodnih osoba?

Dok neki ljudi razvijaju rodni identitet u ranom djetinjstvu, drugi se mogu identificirati s jednim polom u jednom trenutku, a zatim s drugim polom kasnije. Na primjer, osoba koja je na originalnom izvodu iz matične knjige rođenih označena kao žena, može se identificirati kao djevojčica do adolescencije, a zatim se identifikovati kao dječak do kraja života. Ova osoba bi se smatrala transrodnom, ali ne nužno i rodno fluidnom.

Druga osoba koja slijedi ovaj razvojni luk može se identificirati samo kao dječak dok ne napuni 20 godina, a zatim se identificirati kao nebinarno, a zatim kasnije u odrasloj dobi. Ova osoba se može smatrati rodno fluidnom, jer je doživjela jednu ili više promjena u svom rodnom identitetu ili rodnom izrazu. Mudro je napomenuti da oni možda nikada neće koristiti izraz rodna fluidnost kao oznaku identiteta za sebe.

Konačno, svako ko se identifikuje kao rodno fluidan je rodno fluidna osoba. Često se ovaj izraz koristi da znači da se rodni izraz ili rodni identitet osobe - u osnovi, njihov unutrašnji osjećaj sebe - često mijenja. No, fluidnost spolova može izgledati drugačije za različite ljude.

Kako je fluidnost spolova povezana sa zdravljem djece i tinejdžera?

Baš kao i odrasli, djeca i tinejdžeri koji izražavaju ili identificiraju svoj spol različito od spola naznačenog pri rođenju, vjerojatnije će doživjeti predrasude i diskriminaciju. Ova iskustva mogu stvoriti manjinski stres koji je štetan za njihovo mentalno i fizičko zdravlje. U usporedbi s mladima cisgenderima, transrodni mladi dva do tri puta češće imaju depresiju, anksioznost, samoozljeđujuće ponašanje te suicidalne misli i ponašanje.

Sve zajednice imaju očekivanja oko onoga što je "normalno". Mladi koji su rodno fluidni mogu biti izloženi većem riziku od predrasuda i diskriminacije, jer se njihov promjenjivi rodni identitet ili izražavanje protivi očekivanju da se svaki od ovih aspekata ličnosti razvija rano i ostaje isti s vremenom. A štetne interakcije možda se neće dogoditi samo s ljudima koji su cisgender. Mladi koji su rodno fluidni također se mogu suočiti s diskriminacijom od strane nekih ljudi u transrodnoj zajednici koji ih smatraju „zapravo nisu transrodnim“. Vidjeti mladost koja se jednog dana oblači ženstvenije, a drugog dana muško, može biti zbunjujuće ili čak prijeteće za svakoga sa strogim idejama o spolu.

Kako možete podržati rodno fluidnu mladost u svom životu?

Potičem vas da razmislite o fluidnosti spolova kao dijelu raznolikosti ljudskog iskustva vezanog za rodni identitet i izražavanje. Iako je prihvatanje važno u načinu na koji se odnosimo prema bilo kome, posebno je važno za djecu i tinejdžere.

  • Slušajte mlade i potvrdite njihovo iskustvo o svom spolu. Svako je stručnjak za svoj rod.
  • Budite strpljivi jer rodna fluidnost mladih može biti dio razvoja njihovog rodnog identiteta.
  • Podržite rodno fluidnu omladinu u donošenju informiranih odluka o rodno afirmirajućoj skrbi, poput hormonske terapije i operacija koje potvrđuju rod.
  • Povežite ih s podrškom i resursima kako bi mogli razgovarati s drugima sa sličnim iskustvom. Rodni spektar odličan je izvor i za mlade sa fluidnim rodom i za odrasle u njihovom životu.

Rodna fluidnost: šta to znači i zašto je podrška važna

Odvojite trenutak - da, upravo sada - da razmislite o svom spolu. Da li se identifikujete kao žena, muškarac ili drugi rod: u suštini, kako biste opisali svoj rodni identitet?? Kako drugima pokazujete svoj spol kroz svoj izgled ili ponašanje - drugim riječima, svoj rodno izražavanje?? I da li se vaš rodni identitet ili rodni izraz promijenio ili ostao isti tokom vremena?

Ovakva pitanja mogu biti posebno vrijedna ako se pitate kako se rodni identitet i izražavanje mogu promijeniti dok djeca rastu. I, naravno, ova pitanja mogu odjeknuti i kod mnogih odraslih osoba.

Ponekad sam u životu imao kraću kosu i volio sam muške hlače i cipele. Takođe sam uživao povremeno igrajući muške uloge u pozorišnim predstavama i oblačeći se u kostime kao muškarac na Noć vještica. Ponekad sam u životu imala dužu kosu i često nosile haljine i viseće naušnice - i ženstvenije kostime za Noć vještica. Iako se moj rodni izraz s vremenom promijenio između manje ženstvenog i ženstvenijeg, uvijek sam se identificirala kao djevojka ili žena.

Šta je rodna fluidnost?

Definirajmo nekoliko pojmova. Cisgender znači da rodni identitet osobe odgovara spolu - ženskom ili muškom - naznačenom u njihovom originalnom izvodu iz matične knjige rođenih. Rodna fluidnost odnosi se na promjenu tokom vremena u rodnom izrazu ili rodnom identitetu osobe, ili oboje. Ta promjena može biti u izražavanju, ali ne u identitetu, ili u identitetu, ali ne i u izrazu. Ili se i izraz i identitet mogu promijeniti zajedno.

Za neke mlade osobe, fluidnost spolova može biti način da se istraži rod prije nego što se stane na stabilniji rodni izraz ili identitet. Za druge, fluidnost spolova može se nastaviti neograničeno dugo kao dio njihovog životnog iskustva s rodom.

Neki ljudi sebe opisuju kao „rodno fluidne“. Kao identitet, obično se uklapa pod transrodni i nebinarni kišobran, što se odnosi na osobe čiji se rodni identitet ne podudara s spolom koji im je dodijeljen u njihovom originalnom izvodu iz matične knjige rođenih. (Nebinarno znači da se rodni identitet osobe ne uklapa u stroge kulturne kategorije žena ili muškaraca.)

Ne identificiraju se svi koji mijenjaju svoj rodni izraz ili identitet kao rodno fluidni. Niti svi žele medicinski tretman koji potvrđuje rod kako bi promijenili svoje tijelo kako bi se bolje uskladili sa svojim rodnim identitetom.

Kako se rod razvija i mijenja?

Ljudi obično počinju razvijati rodni identitet u ranom djetinjstvu, oko 2 ili 3. godine. Rodni identitet razvija se u više društvenih konteksta: u nečijoj porodici, njihovoj većoj zajednici, te u društvu i historijskom vremenu u kojem žive. Svaki od ovih može imati vrlo različite norme i očekivanja u vezi sa rodnim izražavanjem i rodnim identitetom.

Na primjer, dijete može živjeti u porodici koja vjeruje da je rod složeniji od dječaka ili djevojčice i potiče raznolikost rodnih izraza. To isto dijete može živjeti u gradu u kojem većina ljudi vjeruje da bi dječaci trebali "izgledati kao dječaci", a djevojčice "kao djevojčice". I ovo dijete bi moglo živjeti u društvu i u historijsko vrijeme sa sličnim rodnim normama kao i njihova zajednica. Stoga se ovo dijete može osjećati slobodnijim da ima drugačiji polni izraz ili identitet kod kuće nego u javnosti.

Za mnoge se osobe rodni identitet i izražavanje razvijaju rano i ostaju isti tijekom vremena. Za druge se može promijeniti jedno ili drugo. Iako se takve promjene mogu dogoditi u bilo koje doba života osobe, one su češće u djetinjstvu i adolescenciji nego kasnije u odrasloj dobi.

Koja je razlika između rodno fluidnih i transrodnih osoba?

Dok neki ljudi razvijaju rodni identitet u ranom djetinjstvu, drugi se mogu identificirati s jednim polom odjednom, a zatim s drugim polom kasnije. Na primjer, osoba koja je na originalnom izvodu iz matične knjige rođenih označena kao žena, može se identificirati kao djevojčica do adolescencije, a zatim se identifikovati kao dječak do kraja života. Ova osoba bi se smatrala transrodnom, ali ne nužno i rodno fluidnom.

Druga osoba koja slijedi ovaj razvojni luk može se identificirati samo kao dječak dok ne napuni 20 godina, a zatim se identificirati kao nebinarno, a zatim kasnije u odrasloj dobi. Ova osoba se može smatrati rodno fluidnom, jer je doživjela jednu ili više promjena u svom rodnom identitetu ili rodnom izrazu. Mudro je napomenuti da oni možda nikada neće koristiti izraz rodna fluidnost kao oznaku identiteta za sebe.

Na kraju, svako ko se identifikuje kao rodno fluidan je rodno fluidna osoba. Često se ovaj izraz koristi da znači da se rodni izraz ili rodni identitet osobe - u osnovi, njihov unutrašnji osjećaj sebe - često mijenja. No, fluidnost spolova može izgledati drugačije za različite ljude.

Kako je fluidnost spolova povezana sa zdravljem djece i tinejdžera?

Baš kao i odrasli, djeca i tinejdžeri koji izražavaju ili identificiraju svoj spol različito od spola naznačenog pri rođenju, vjerojatnije će doživjeti predrasude i diskriminaciju. Ova iskustva mogu stvoriti manjinski stres koji je štetan za njihovo mentalno i fizičko zdravlje. U usporedbi s mladima cisgenderima, transrodni mladi imaju dva do tri puta veću vjerojatnost da će imati depresiju, anksioznost, samoozljeđujuće ponašanje te suicidalne misli i ponašanje.

Sve zajednice imaju očekivanja oko onoga što je "normalno". Mladi koji su rodno fluidni mogu biti izloženi većem riziku od predrasuda i diskriminacije, jer se njihov promjenjivi rodni identitet ili izražavanje protivi očekivanju da se svaki od ovih aspekata ličnosti razvija rano i ostaje isti s vremenom. A štetne interakcije možda se neće dogoditi samo s ljudima koji su cisgender. Mladi koji su rodno fluidni mogu se također suočiti s diskriminacijom od strane nekih ljudi u transrodnoj zajednici koji ih smatraju „zapravo nisu transrodnim“. Vidjeti mladića koji se jednog dana oblači ženstvenije, a drugog dana muško, može biti zbunjujuće ili čak prijeteće za svakoga ko ima stroge ideje o spolu.

Kako možete podržati rodno fluidnu mladost u svom životu?

Potičem vas da razmislite o fluidnosti spolova kao dijelu raznolikosti ljudskog iskustva vezanog za rodni identitet i izražavanje. Iako je prihvatanje važno u načinu na koji se odnosimo prema bilo kome, posebno je važno za djecu i tinejdžere.

  • Slušajte mlade i potvrdite njihovo iskustvo o svom spolu. Svako je stručnjak za svoj rod.
  • Budite strpljivi jer rodna fluidnost mladih može biti dio razvoja njihovog rodnog identiteta.
  • Podržite rodno fluidnu omladinu u donošenju informiranih odluka o rodno afirmirajućoj skrbi, poput hormonske terapije i operacija koje potvrđuju rod.
  • Povežite ih s podrškom i resursima kako bi mogli razgovarati s drugima sa sličnim iskustvom. Rodni spektar odličan je resurs i za mlade sa fluidnim rodom i za odrasle u njihovom životu.

Rodna fluidnost: šta to znači i zašto je podrška važna

Odvojite trenutak - da, upravo sada - da razmislite o svom spolu. Da li se identifikujete kao žena, muškarac ili drugi rod: u suštini, kako biste opisali svoj rodni identitet?? Kako pokazujete svoj spol drugim ljudima kroz to kako izgledate ili djelujete - drugim riječima, svoj rodno izražavanje?? I da li se vaš rodni identitet ili rodni izraz promijenio ili ostao isti tokom vremena?

Ovakva pitanja mogu biti posebno vrijedna ako se pitate kako se rodni identitet i izražavanje mogu promijeniti dok djeca rastu. I, naravno, ova pitanja mogu odjeknuti i kod mnogih odraslih osoba.

Ponekad sam u životu imao kraću kosu i volio sam muške hlače i cipele. Takođe sam uživao povremeno igrajući muške uloge u pozorišnim predstavama i oblačeći se u kostime kao muškarac na Noć vještica. Ponekad sam u životu imala dužu kosu i često nosile haljine i viseće naušnice - i ženstvenije kostime za Noć vještica. Iako se moj rodni izraz s vremenom promijenio između manje ženstvenog i ženstvenijeg, uvijek sam se identificirala kao djevojka ili žena.

Šta je rodna fluidnost?

Definirajmo nekoliko pojmova. Cisgender znači da rodni identitet osobe odgovara spolu - ženskom ili muškom - naznačenom u njihovom originalnom izvodu iz matične knjige rođenih. Rodna fluidnost odnosi se na promjenu tokom vremena u rodnom izrazu ili rodnom identitetu osobe, ili oboje. Ta promjena može biti u izražavanju, ali ne u identitetu, ili u identitetu, ali ne i u izrazu. Ili se i izraz i identitet mogu promijeniti zajedno.

Za neke mlade osobe, fluidnost spolova može biti način da se istraži rod prije nego što se stane na stabilniji rodni izraz ili identitet. Za druge, fluidnost spolova može se nastaviti neograničeno dugo kao dio njihovog životnog iskustva s rodom.

Neki ljudi sebe opisuju kao „rodno fluidne“. Kao identitet, obično se uklapa pod transrodni i nebinarni kišobran, koji se odnosi na osobe čiji se rodni identitet ne podudara sa spolom koji im je dodijeljen u njihovom originalnom izvodu iz matične knjige rođenih. (Nebinarno znači da se rodni identitet osobe ne uklapa u stroge kulturne kategorije žena ili muškaraca.)

Ne identificiraju se svi koji mijenjaju svoj rodni izraz ili identitet kao rodno fluidni. Niti svi žele medicinski tretman koji potvrđuje rod kako bi promijenili svoje tijelo kako bi se bolje uskladili sa rodnim identitetom.

Kako se rod razvija i mijenja?

Ljudi obično počinju razvijati rodni identitet u ranom djetinjstvu, oko 2 ili 3. godine. Rodni identitet razvija se u više društvenih konteksta: u nečijoj porodici, njihovoj većoj zajednici, te u društvu i historijskom vremenu u kojem žive. Svaki od ovih može imati vrlo različite norme i očekivanja u vezi sa rodnim izražavanjem i rodnim identitetom.

Na primjer, dijete može živjeti u porodici koja vjeruje da je rod složeniji od dječaka ili djevojčice i potiče raznolikost rodnih izraza. To isto dijete može živjeti u gradu u kojem većina ljudi vjeruje da bi dječaci trebali "izgledati kao dječaci", a djevojčice "kao djevojčice". I ovo dijete bi moglo živjeti u društvu i u historijsko vrijeme sa sličnim rodnim normama kao i njihova zajednica. Stoga se ovo dijete može osjećati slobodnijim da ima drugačiji polni izraz ili identitet kod kuće nego u javnosti.

Za mnoge se osobe rodni identitet i izražavanje razvijaju rano i ostaju isti tijekom vremena. Za druge se može promijeniti jedno ili drugo. Iako se takve promjene mogu dogoditi u bilo koje doba života osobe, one su češće u djetinjstvu i adolescenciji nego kasnije u odrasloj dobi.

Koja je razlika između rodno fluidnih i transrodnih osoba?

Dok neki ljudi razvijaju rodni identitet u ranom djetinjstvu, drugi se mogu identificirati s jednim polom u jednom trenutku, a zatim s drugim polom kasnije. Na primjer, osoba koja je na originalnom izvodu iz matične knjige rođenih označena kao žena, može se identificirati kao djevojčica do adolescencije, a zatim se identifikovati kao dječak do kraja života. Ova osoba bi se smatrala transrodnom, ali ne nužno i rodno fluidnom.

Druga osoba koja slijedi ovaj razvojni luk može se identificirati samo kao dječak dok ne napuni 20 godina, a zatim se identificirati kao nebinarno, a zatim kasnije u odrasloj dobi. Ova osoba se može smatrati rodno fluidnom, jer je doživjela jednu ili više promjena u svom rodnom identitetu ili rodnom izrazu. Mudro je ipak primijetiti da oni možda nikada neće koristiti izraz rodna fluidnost kao oznaku identiteta za sebe.

Na kraju, svako ko se identifikuje kao rodno fluidan je rodno fluidna osoba. Često se ovaj izraz koristi da znači da se rodni izraz ili rodni identitet osobe - u osnovi, njihov unutrašnji osjećaj sebe - često mijenja. No, fluidnost spolova može izgledati drugačije za različite ljude.

Kako je fluidnost spolova povezana sa zdravljem djece i tinejdžera?

Baš kao i odrasli, djeca i tinejdžeri koji izražavaju ili identificiraju svoj spol različito od spola naznačenog pri rođenju, vjerojatnije će doživjeti predrasude i diskriminaciju. Ova iskustva mogu stvoriti manjinski stres koji je štetan za njihovo mentalno i fizičko zdravlje. U usporedbi s mladima cisgenderima, transrodni mladi dva do tri puta češće imaju depresiju, anksioznost, samoozljeđujuće ponašanje te suicidalne misli i ponašanje.

Sve zajednice imaju očekivanja oko onoga što je "normalno". Mladi koji su rodno fluidni mogu biti izloženi većem riziku od predrasuda i diskriminacije, jer se njihov promjenjivi rodni identitet ili izražavanje protivi očekivanju da se svaki od ovih aspekata ličnosti razvija rano i ostaje isti s vremenom. A štetne interakcije možda se neće dogoditi samo s ljudima koji su cisgender. Mladi koji su rodno fluidni mogu se također suočiti s diskriminacijom od strane nekih ljudi u transrodnoj zajednici koji ih smatraju „zapravo nisu transrodnim“. Vidjeti mladića koji se jednog dana oblači ženstvenije, a drugog dana muško, može biti zbunjujuće ili čak prijeteće za svakoga ko ima stroge ideje o spolu.

Kako možete podržati rodno fluidnu mladost u svom životu?

Potičem vas da razmislite o fluidnosti spolova kao dijelu raznolikosti ljudskog iskustva vezanog za rodni identitet i izražavanje. Iako je prihvatanje važno u načinu na koji se odnosimo prema bilo kome, posebno je važno za djecu i tinejdžere.

  • Slušajte mlade i potvrdite njihovo iskustvo o svom spolu. Svako je stručnjak za svoj rod.
  • Budite strpljivi jer rodna fluidnost mladih može biti dio razvoja njihovog rodnog identiteta.
  • Podržati rodno fluidne mlade u donošenju informiranih odluka o njezi koja potvrđuje rod, poput hormonske terapije i operacija koje potvrđuju rod.
  • Povežite ih s podrškom i resursima kako bi mogli razgovarati s drugima sa sličnim iskustvom. Rodni spektar odličan je izvor i za mlade sa fluidnim rodom i za odrasle u njihovom životu.

Rodna fluidnost: šta to znači i zašto je podrška važna

Odvojite trenutak - da, upravo sada - da razmislite o svom spolu. Da li se identifikujete kao žena, muškarac ili drugi rod: u suštini, kako biste opisali svoj rodni identitet?? Kako drugima pokazujete svoj spol kroz svoj izgled ili ponašanje - drugim riječima, svoj rodno izražavanje?? I da li se vaš rodni identitet ili rodni izraz promijenio ili ostao isti tokom vremena?

Ovakva pitanja mogu biti posebno vrijedna ako se pitate kako se rodni identitet i izražavanje mogu promijeniti dok djeca rastu. I, naravno, ova pitanja mogu odjeknuti i kod mnogih odraslih osoba.

Ponekad sam u životu imao kraću kosu i volio sam muške hlače i cipele. Takođe sam uživao povremeno igrajući muške uloge u pozorišnim predstavama i oblačeći se u kostime kao muškarac na Noć vještica. Ponekad sam u životu imala dužu kosu i često nosile haljine i viseće naušnice - i ženstvenije kostime za Noć vještica. Iako se moj rodni izraz s vremenom promijenio između manje ženstvenog i ženstvenijeg, uvijek sam se identificirala kao djevojka ili žena.

Šta je rodna fluidnost?

Definirajmo nekoliko pojmova. Cisgender znači da rodni identitet osobe odgovara spolu - ženskom ili muškom - naznačenom u njihovom originalnom izvodu iz matične knjige rođenih. Rodna fluidnost odnosi se na promjenu tokom vremena u rodnom izrazu ili rodnom identitetu osobe, ili oboje. Ta promjena može biti u izražavanju, ali ne u identitetu, ili u identitetu, ali ne i u izrazu. Ili se i izraz i identitet mogu promijeniti zajedno.

Za neke mlade osobe, fluidnost spolova može biti način da se istraži rod prije nego što se stane na stabilniji rodni izraz ili identitet. Za druge, fluidnost spolova može se nastaviti neograničeno dugo kao dio njihovog životnog iskustva s rodom.

Neki ljudi sebe opisuju kao „rodno fluidne“. Kao identitet, obično se uklapa pod transrodni i nebinarni kišobran, što se odnosi na osobe čiji se rodni identitet ne podudara s spolom koji im je dodijeljen u njihovom originalnom izvodu iz matične knjige rođenih. (Nebinarno znači da se rodni identitet osobe ne uklapa u stroge kulturne kategorije žena ili muškaraca.)

Ne identificiraju se svi koji mijenjaju svoj rodni izraz ili identitet kao rodno fluidni. Niti svi žele medicinski tretman koji potvrđuje rod kako bi promijenili svoje tijelo kako bi se bolje uskladili sa svojim rodnim identitetom.

Kako se rod razvija i mijenja?

Ljudi obično počinju razvijati rodni identitet u ranom djetinjstvu, oko 2 ili 3. godine. Rodni identitet razvija se u više društvenih konteksta: u nečijoj porodici, njihovoj većoj zajednici, te u društvu i historijskom vremenu u kojem žive. Svaki od ovih može imati vrlo različite norme i očekivanja u vezi sa rodnim izražavanjem i rodnim identitetom.

Na primjer, dijete može živjeti u porodici koja vjeruje da je rod složeniji od dječaka ili djevojčice i potiče raznolikost rodnih izraza. To isto dijete može živjeti u gradu u kojem većina ljudi vjeruje da bi dječaci trebali "izgledati kao dječaci", a djevojčice "kao djevojčice". I ovo dijete bi moglo živjeti u društvu i u historijsko vrijeme sa sličnim rodnim normama kao i njihova zajednica. Stoga se ovo dijete može osjećati slobodnijim da ima drugačiji polni izraz ili identitet kod kuće nego u javnosti.

Za mnoge se osobe rodni identitet i izražavanje razvijaju rano i ostaju isti tijekom vremena. Za druge se može promijeniti jedno ili drugo. Iako se takve promjene mogu dogoditi u bilo koje doba života osobe, one su češće u djetinjstvu i adolescenciji nego kasnije u odrasloj dobi.

Koja je razlika između rodno fluidnih i transrodnih osoba?

Dok neki ljudi razvijaju rodni identitet u ranom djetinjstvu, drugi se mogu identificirati s jednim polom u jednom trenutku, a zatim s drugim polom kasnije. Na primjer, osoba koja je na originalnom izvodu iz matične knjige rođenih označena kao žena, može se identificirati kao djevojčica do adolescencije, a zatim se identifikovati kao dječak do kraja života. Ova osoba bi se smatrala transrodnom, ali ne nužno i rodno fluidnom.

Druga osoba koja slijedi ovaj razvojni luk može se identificirati samo kao dječak dok ne napuni 20 godina, a zatim se identificirati kao nebinarno, a zatim kasnije u odrasloj dobi. Ova osoba se može smatrati rodno fluidnom, jer je doživjela jednu ili više promjena u svom rodnom identitetu ili rodnom izrazu. Mudro je napomenuti da oni možda nikada neće koristiti izraz rodna fluidnost kao oznaku identiteta za sebe.

Na kraju, svako ko se identifikuje kao rodno fluidan je rodno fluidna osoba. Često se ovaj izraz koristi da znači da se rodni izraz ili rodni identitet osobe - u osnovi, njihov unutrašnji osjećaj sebe - često mijenja. No, fluidnost spolova može izgledati drugačije za različite ljude.

Kako je fluidnost spolova povezana sa zdravljem djece i tinejdžera?

Baš kao i odrasli, djeca i tinejdžeri koji izražavaju ili identificiraju svoj spol različito od spola naznačenog pri rođenju, vjerojatnije će doživjeti predrasude i diskriminaciju. Ova iskustva mogu stvoriti manjinski stres koji je štetan za njihovo mentalno i fizičko zdravlje. U usporedbi s mladima cisgenderima, transrodni mladi imaju dva do tri puta veću vjerojatnost da će imati depresiju, anksioznost, samoozljeđujuće ponašanje te suicidalne misli i ponašanje.

Sve zajednice imaju očekivanja oko onoga što je "normalno". Mladi koji su rodno fluidni mogu biti izloženi većem riziku od predrasuda i diskriminacije, jer se njihov promjenjivi rodni identitet ili izražavanje protivi očekivanju da se svaki od ovih aspekata ličnosti razvija rano i ostaje isti s vremenom. A štetne interakcije možda se neće dogoditi samo s ljudima koji su cisgender. Mladi koji su rodno fluidni mogu se također suočiti s diskriminacijom od strane nekih ljudi u transrodnoj zajednici koji ih smatraju „zapravo nisu transrodni“. Vidjeti mladića koji se jednog dana oblači ženstvenije, a drugog dana muško, može biti zbunjujuće ili čak prijeteće za svakoga ko ima stroge ideje o spolu.

Kako možete podržati rodno fluidnu mladost u svom životu?

Potičem vas da razmislite o fluidnosti spolova kao dijelu raznolikosti ljudskog iskustva vezanog za rodni identitet i izražavanje. Iako je prihvatanje važno u načinu na koji se odnosimo prema bilo kome, posebno je važno za djecu i tinejdžere.

  • Slušajte mlade i potvrdite njihovo iskustvo o svom spolu. Svako je stručnjak za svoj rod.
  • Budite strpljivi jer rodna fluidnost mladih može biti dio razvoja njihovog rodnog identiteta.
  • Podržati rodno fluidne mlade u donošenju informiranih odluka o njezi koja potvrđuje rod, poput hormonske terapije i operacija koje potvrđuju rod.
  • Povežite ih s podrškom i resursima kako bi mogli razgovarati s drugima sa sličnim iskustvom. Rodni spektar odličan je resurs i za mlade sa fluidnim rodom i za odrasle u njihovom životu.

Rodna fluidnost: šta to znači i zašto je podrška važna

Odvojite trenutak - da, upravo sada - da razmislite o svom spolu. Da li se identifikujete kao žena, muškarac ili drugi rod: u suštini, kako biste opisali svoj rodni identitet?? Kako drugima pokazujete svoj spol kroz svoj izgled ili ponašanje - drugim riječima, svoj rodno izražavanje?? I da li se vaš rodni identitet ili rodni izraz promijenio ili ostao isti tokom vremena?

Ovakva pitanja mogu biti posebno vrijedna ako se pitate kako se rodni identitet i izražavanje mogu promijeniti dok djeca rastu. I, naravno, ova pitanja mogu odjeknuti i kod mnogih odraslih osoba.

Ponekad sam u životu imao kraću kosu i volio sam muške hlače i cipele. Takođe sam uživao povremeno igrajući muške uloge u pozorišnim predstavama i oblačeći se u kostime kao muškarac na Noć vještica. Ponekad sam u životu imala dužu kosu i često nosile haljine i viseće naušnice - i ženstvenije kostime za Noć vještica. Iako se moj rodni izraz s vremenom promijenio između manje ženstvenog i ženstvenijeg, uvijek sam se identificirala kao djevojka ili žena.

Šta je rodna fluidnost?

Definirajmo nekoliko pojmova. Cisgender znači da rodni identitet osobe odgovara spolu - ženskom ili muškom - naznačenom u njihovom originalnom izvodu iz matične knjige rođenih. Rodna fluidnost odnosi se na promjenu tokom vremena u rodnom izrazu ili rodnom identitetu osobe, ili oboje. Ta promjena može biti u izražavanju, ali ne u identitetu, ili u identitetu, ali ne i u izrazu. Ili se i izraz i identitet mogu promijeniti zajedno.

Za neke mlade osobe, fluidnost spolova može biti način da se istraži rod prije nego što se stane na stabilniji rodni izraz ili identitet. Za druge, fluidnost spolova može se nastaviti neograničeno dugo kao dio njihovog životnog iskustva s rodom.

Neki ljudi sebe opisuju kao „rodno fluidne“. Kao identitet, obično se uklapa pod transrodni i nebinarni kišobran, koji se odnosi na osobe čiji se rodni identitet ne podudara sa spolom koji im je dodijeljen u njihovom originalnom izvodu iz matične knjige rođenih. (Nebinarno znači da se rodni identitet osobe ne uklapa u stroge kulturne kategorije žena ili muškaraca.)

Ne identificiraju se svi koji mijenjaju svoj rodni izraz ili identitet kao rodno fluidni. Niti svi žele medicinski tretman koji potvrđuje rod kako bi promijenili svoje tijelo kako bi se bolje uskladili sa rodnim identitetom.

Kako se rod razvija i mijenja?

Ljudi obično počinju razvijati rodni identitet u ranom djetinjstvu, oko 2 ili 3. godine. Rodni identitet razvija se u više društvenih konteksta: u nečijoj porodici, njihovoj većoj zajednici, te u društvu i historijskom vremenu u kojem žive. Svaki od ovih može imati vrlo različite norme i očekivanja u vezi sa rodnim izražavanjem i rodnim identitetom.

Na primjer, dijete može živjeti u porodici koja vjeruje da je rod složeniji od dječaka ili djevojčice i potiče raznolikost rodnih izraza. That same child may live in a town where most people believe that boys should “look like boys” and girls should “look like girls.” And this child might live in a society and at a historical time with similar gender norms as their community. Thus, this child may feel freer to have a different gender expression or identity at home than out in public.

For many people, gender identity and expression develop early and stay the same over time. For others, either one may change. While such changes can happen at any time during a person’s life, they’re more common during childhood and adolescence than later in adulthood.

What’s the difference between gender-fluid and transgender?

While some people develop a gender identity early in childhood, others may identify with one gender at one time and then another gender later on. For example, a person who was designated female on their original birth certificate may identify as a girl until adolescence, then identify as a boy for the rest of their life. This person would be considered transgender, but not necessarily gender-fluid.

Another person who follows this developmental arc may only identify as a boy until they are in their 20s, and then identify as nonbinary, and then identify as a boy again later in adulthood. This person could be considered gender-fluid, because they experienced one or more changes in their gender identity or gender expression. It’s wise to note, though, that they may never use the term gender-fluid as an identity label for themself.

Ultimately, anyone who identifies as gender-fluid is a gender-fluid person. Often, the term is used to mean that a person’s gender expression or gender identity — essentially, their internal sense of self — changes frequently. But gender fluidity can look different for different people.

How is gender fluidity related to health in children and teens?

Just like adults, children and teens who express or identify their gender differently from their sex designated at birth are more likely to experience prejudice and discrimination. These experiences may create minority stress that is harmful for their mental and physical health. Compared to cisgender youth, transgender youth are two to three times more likely to have depression, anxiety, self-harming behavior, and suicidal thoughts and behavior.

All communities have expectations around what’s “normal.” A youth who is gender-fluid may be at greater risk for prejudice and discrimination, because their shifting gender identity or expression goes against an expectation that each of these aspects of personhood develops early and stays the same over time. And the harmful interactions may not occur only with people who are cisgender. A youth who is gender-fluid may also face discrimination from some people in the transgender community who view them as “not really transgender.” Seeing a youth who dresses more femininely on one day and more masculinely on another day may feel confusing or even threatening to anyone with strict ideas about gender.

How can you support gender-fluid youth in your life?

I encourage you to think about gender fluidity as part of the diversity of human experience related to gender identity and expression. While acceptance is important in how we treat anyone, it’s especially important for children and teens.

  • Listen to youth and validate their experience of their gender. Everyone is the expert of their own gender.
  • Be patient, as a youth’s gender fluidity may be part of their gender identity development.
  • Support gender-fluid youth in making informed decisions about gender-affirming care, such as hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgeries.
  • Connect them to support and resources so they can talk to others with similar experiences. Gender Spectrum is a great resource for both gender-fluid youth and the adults in their lives.

Gender fluidity: What it means and why support matters

Take a moment — yes, right now — to consider your gender. Do you identify as a woman, man, or another gender: essentially, how would you describe your gender identity?? How do you show your gender to other people through how you look or act — in other words, your gender expression?? And has your gender identity or gender expression changed or stayed the same over time?

Questions like these can be especially valuable if you’re wondering about how gender identity and expression may shift as children grow up. And, of course, these questions may also resonate with many adults.

At times in my life, I’ve had shorter hair and a fondness for men’s dress pants and dress shoes. I’ve also enjoyed occasionally playing male roles in theater productions and dressing in costume as a man on Halloween. At other times in my life, I’ve had longer hair and frequently worn dresses and dangly earrings — and more feminine Halloween costumes. Although my gender expression has shifted over time between less feminine and more feminine, I have always identified as a girl or woman.

What is gender fluidity?

Let’s define a few terms. Cisgender means a person’s gender identity matches the sex — female or male — designated on their original birth certificate. Gender fluidity refers to change over time in a person’s gender expression or gender identity, or both. That change might be in expression, but not identity, or in identity, but not expression. Or both expression and identity might change together.

For some youth, gender fluidity may be a way to explore gender before landing on a more stable gender expression or identity. For others, gender fluidity may continue indefinitely as part of their life experience with gender.

Some people describe themselves as “gender-fluid.” As an identity, it typically fits under the transgender and nonbinary umbrella, which applies to people whose gender identity doesn’t match the sex assigned to them on their original birth certificate. (Nonbinary means a person’s gender identity doesn’t fit into strict cultural categories of female or male.)

Not everyone who experiences changes in their gender expression or identity identifies as gender-fluid. Nor does everyone desire gender-affirming medical treatment to change their body to better align with their gender identity.

How does gender develop and change?

People typically begin developing a gender identity in early childhood, around the age of 2 or 3. Gender identity develops within multiple social contexts: a person’s family, their larger community, and the society and historical time in which they live. Each of these may have very different norms and expectations about gender expression and gender identity.

For example, a child might live in a family that believes that gender is more complex than boy or girl, and encourages a diversity of gender expressions. That same child may live in a town where most people believe that boys should “look like boys” and girls should “look like girls.” And this child might live in a society and at a historical time with similar gender norms as their community. Thus, this child may feel freer to have a different gender expression or identity at home than out in public.

For many people, gender identity and expression develop early and stay the same over time. For others, either one may change. While such changes can happen at any time during a person’s life, they’re more common during childhood and adolescence than later in adulthood.

What’s the difference between gender-fluid and transgender?

While some people develop a gender identity early in childhood, others may identify with one gender at one time and then another gender later on. For example, a person who was designated female on their original birth certificate may identify as a girl until adolescence, then identify as a boy for the rest of their life. This person would be considered transgender, but not necessarily gender-fluid.

Another person who follows this developmental arc may only identify as a boy until they are in their 20s, and then identify as nonbinary, and then identify as a boy again later in adulthood. This person could be considered gender-fluid, because they experienced one or more changes in their gender identity or gender expression. It’s wise to note, though, that they may never use the term gender-fluid as an identity label for themself.

Ultimately, anyone who identifies as gender-fluid is a gender-fluid person. Often, the term is used to mean that a person’s gender expression or gender identity — essentially, their internal sense of self — changes frequently. But gender fluidity can look different for different people.

How is gender fluidity related to health in children and teens?

Just like adults, children and teens who express or identify their gender differently from their sex designated at birth are more likely to experience prejudice and discrimination. These experiences may create minority stress that is harmful for their mental and physical health. Compared to cisgender youth, transgender youth are two to three times more likely to have depression, anxiety, self-harming behavior, and suicidal thoughts and behavior.

All communities have expectations around what’s “normal.” A youth who is gender-fluid may be at greater risk for prejudice and discrimination, because their shifting gender identity or expression goes against an expectation that each of these aspects of personhood develops early and stays the same over time. And the harmful interactions may not occur only with people who are cisgender. A youth who is gender-fluid may also face discrimination from some people in the transgender community who view them as “not really transgender.” Seeing a youth who dresses more femininely on one day and more masculinely on another day may feel confusing or even threatening to anyone with strict ideas about gender.

How can you support gender-fluid youth in your life?

I encourage you to think about gender fluidity as part of the diversity of human experience related to gender identity and expression. While acceptance is important in how we treat anyone, it’s especially important for children and teens.

  • Listen to youth and validate their experience of their gender. Everyone is the expert of their own gender.
  • Be patient, as a youth’s gender fluidity may be part of their gender identity development.
  • Support gender-fluid youth in making informed decisions about gender-affirming care, such as hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgeries.
  • Connect them to support and resources so they can talk to others with similar experiences. Gender Spectrum is a great resource for both gender-fluid youth and the adults in their lives.

Gender fluidity: What it means and why support matters

Take a moment — yes, right now — to consider your gender. Do you identify as a woman, man, or another gender: essentially, how would you describe your gender identity?? How do you show your gender to other people through how you look or act — in other words, your gender expression?? And has your gender identity or gender expression changed or stayed the same over time?

Questions like these can be especially valuable if you’re wondering about how gender identity and expression may shift as children grow up. And, of course, these questions may also resonate with many adults.

At times in my life, I’ve had shorter hair and a fondness for men’s dress pants and dress shoes. I’ve also enjoyed occasionally playing male roles in theater productions and dressing in costume as a man on Halloween. At other times in my life, I’ve had longer hair and frequently worn dresses and dangly earrings — and more feminine Halloween costumes. Although my gender expression has shifted over time between less feminine and more feminine, I have always identified as a girl or woman.

What is gender fluidity?

Let’s define a few terms. Cisgender means a person’s gender identity matches the sex — female or male — designated on their original birth certificate. Gender fluidity refers to change over time in a person’s gender expression or gender identity, or both. That change might be in expression, but not identity, or in identity, but not expression. Or both expression and identity might change together.

For some youth, gender fluidity may be a way to explore gender before landing on a more stable gender expression or identity. For others, gender fluidity may continue indefinitely as part of their life experience with gender.

Some people describe themselves as “gender-fluid.” As an identity, it typically fits under the transgender and nonbinary umbrella, which applies to people whose gender identity doesn’t match the sex assigned to them on their original birth certificate. (Nonbinary means a person’s gender identity doesn’t fit into strict cultural categories of female or male.)

Not everyone who experiences changes in their gender expression or identity identifies as gender-fluid. Nor does everyone desire gender-affirming medical treatment to change their body to better align with their gender identity.

How does gender develop and change?

People typically begin developing a gender identity in early childhood, around the age of 2 or 3. Gender identity develops within multiple social contexts: a person’s family, their larger community, and the society and historical time in which they live. Each of these may have very different norms and expectations about gender expression and gender identity.

For example, a child might live in a family that believes that gender is more complex than boy or girl, and encourages a diversity of gender expressions. That same child may live in a town where most people believe that boys should “look like boys” and girls should “look like girls.” And this child might live in a society and at a historical time with similar gender norms as their community. Thus, this child may feel freer to have a different gender expression or identity at home than out in public.

For many people, gender identity and expression develop early and stay the same over time. For others, either one may change. While such changes can happen at any time during a person’s life, they’re more common during childhood and adolescence than later in adulthood.

What’s the difference between gender-fluid and transgender?

While some people develop a gender identity early in childhood, others may identify with one gender at one time and then another gender later on. For example, a person who was designated female on their original birth certificate may identify as a girl until adolescence, then identify as a boy for the rest of their life. This person would be considered transgender, but not necessarily gender-fluid.

Another person who follows this developmental arc may only identify as a boy until they are in their 20s, and then identify as nonbinary, and then identify as a boy again later in adulthood. This person could be considered gender-fluid, because they experienced one or more changes in their gender identity or gender expression. It’s wise to note, though, that they may never use the term gender-fluid as an identity label for themself.

Ultimately, anyone who identifies as gender-fluid is a gender-fluid person. Often, the term is used to mean that a person’s gender expression or gender identity — essentially, their internal sense of self — changes frequently. But gender fluidity can look different for different people.

How is gender fluidity related to health in children and teens?

Just like adults, children and teens who express or identify their gender differently from their sex designated at birth are more likely to experience prejudice and discrimination. These experiences may create minority stress that is harmful for their mental and physical health. Compared to cisgender youth, transgender youth are two to three times more likely to have depression, anxiety, self-harming behavior, and suicidal thoughts and behavior.

All communities have expectations around what’s “normal.” A youth who is gender-fluid may be at greater risk for prejudice and discrimination, because their shifting gender identity or expression goes against an expectation that each of these aspects of personhood develops early and stays the same over time. And the harmful interactions may not occur only with people who are cisgender. A youth who is gender-fluid may also face discrimination from some people in the transgender community who view them as “not really transgender.” Seeing a youth who dresses more femininely on one day and more masculinely on another day may feel confusing or even threatening to anyone with strict ideas about gender.

How can you support gender-fluid youth in your life?

I encourage you to think about gender fluidity as part of the diversity of human experience related to gender identity and expression. While acceptance is important in how we treat anyone, it’s especially important for children and teens.

  • Listen to youth and validate their experience of their gender. Everyone is the expert of their own gender.
  • Be patient, as a youth’s gender fluidity may be part of their gender identity development.
  • Support gender-fluid youth in making informed decisions about gender-affirming care, such as hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgeries.
  • Connect them to support and resources so they can talk to others with similar experiences. Gender Spectrum is a great resource for both gender-fluid youth and the adults in their lives.

Gender fluidity: What it means and why support matters

Take a moment — yes, right now — to consider your gender. Do you identify as a woman, man, or another gender: essentially, how would you describe your gender identity?? How do you show your gender to other people through how you look or act — in other words, your gender expression?? And has your gender identity or gender expression changed or stayed the same over time?

Questions like these can be especially valuable if you’re wondering about how gender identity and expression may shift as children grow up. And, of course, these questions may also resonate with many adults.

At times in my life, I’ve had shorter hair and a fondness for men’s dress pants and dress shoes. I’ve also enjoyed occasionally playing male roles in theater productions and dressing in costume as a man on Halloween. At other times in my life, I’ve had longer hair and frequently worn dresses and dangly earrings — and more feminine Halloween costumes. Although my gender expression has shifted over time between less feminine and more feminine, I have always identified as a girl or woman.

What is gender fluidity?

Let’s define a few terms. Cisgender means a person’s gender identity matches the sex — female or male — designated on their original birth certificate. Gender fluidity refers to change over time in a person’s gender expression or gender identity, or both. That change might be in expression, but not identity, or in identity, but not expression. Or both expression and identity might change together.

For some youth, gender fluidity may be a way to explore gender before landing on a more stable gender expression or identity. For others, gender fluidity may continue indefinitely as part of their life experience with gender.

Some people describe themselves as “gender-fluid.” As an identity, it typically fits under the transgender and nonbinary umbrella, which applies to people whose gender identity doesn’t match the sex assigned to them on their original birth certificate. (Nonbinary means a person’s gender identity doesn’t fit into strict cultural categories of female or male.)

Not everyone who experiences changes in their gender expression or identity identifies as gender-fluid. Nor does everyone desire gender-affirming medical treatment to change their body to better align with their gender identity.

How does gender develop and change?

People typically begin developing a gender identity in early childhood, around the age of 2 or 3. Gender identity develops within multiple social contexts: a person’s family, their larger community, and the society and historical time in which they live. Each of these may have very different norms and expectations about gender expression and gender identity.

For example, a child might live in a family that believes that gender is more complex than boy or girl, and encourages a diversity of gender expressions. That same child may live in a town where most people believe that boys should “look like boys” and girls should “look like girls.” And this child might live in a society and at a historical time with similar gender norms as their community. Thus, this child may feel freer to have a different gender expression or identity at home than out in public.

For many people, gender identity and expression develop early and stay the same over time. For others, either one may change. While such changes can happen at any time during a person’s life, they’re more common during childhood and adolescence than later in adulthood.

What’s the difference between gender-fluid and transgender?

While some people develop a gender identity early in childhood, others may identify with one gender at one time and then another gender later on. For example, a person who was designated female on their original birth certificate may identify as a girl until adolescence, then identify as a boy for the rest of their life. This person would be considered transgender, but not necessarily gender-fluid.

Another person who follows this developmental arc may only identify as a boy until they are in their 20s, and then identify as nonbinary, and then identify as a boy again later in adulthood. This person could be considered gender-fluid, because they experienced one or more changes in their gender identity or gender expression. It’s wise to note, though, that they may never use the term gender-fluid as an identity label for themself.

Ultimately, anyone who identifies as gender-fluid is a gender-fluid person. Often, the term is used to mean that a person’s gender expression or gender identity — essentially, their internal sense of self — changes frequently. But gender fluidity can look different for different people.

How is gender fluidity related to health in children and teens?

Just like adults, children and teens who express or identify their gender differently from their sex designated at birth are more likely to experience prejudice and discrimination. These experiences may create minority stress that is harmful for their mental and physical health. Compared to cisgender youth, transgender youth are two to three times more likely to have depression, anxiety, self-harming behavior, and suicidal thoughts and behavior.

All communities have expectations around what’s “normal.” A youth who is gender-fluid may be at greater risk for prejudice and discrimination, because their shifting gender identity or expression goes against an expectation that each of these aspects of personhood develops early and stays the same over time. And the harmful interactions may not occur only with people who are cisgender. A youth who is gender-fluid may also face discrimination from some people in the transgender community who view them as “not really transgender.” Seeing a youth who dresses more femininely on one day and more masculinely on another day may feel confusing or even threatening to anyone with strict ideas about gender.

How can you support gender-fluid youth in your life?

I encourage you to think about gender fluidity as part of the diversity of human experience related to gender identity and expression. While acceptance is important in how we treat anyone, it’s especially important for children and teens.

  • Listen to youth and validate their experience of their gender. Everyone is the expert of their own gender.
  • Be patient, as a youth’s gender fluidity may be part of their gender identity development.
  • Support gender-fluid youth in making informed decisions about gender-affirming care, such as hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgeries.
  • Connect them to support and resources so they can talk to others with similar experiences. Gender Spectrum is a great resource for both gender-fluid youth and the adults in their lives.

Gender fluidity: What it means and why support matters

Take a moment — yes, right now — to consider your gender. Do you identify as a woman, man, or another gender: essentially, how would you describe your gender identity?? How do you show your gender to other people through how you look or act — in other words, your gender expression?? And has your gender identity or gender expression changed or stayed the same over time?

Questions like these can be especially valuable if you’re wondering about how gender identity and expression may shift as children grow up. And, of course, these questions may also resonate with many adults.

At times in my life, I’ve had shorter hair and a fondness for men’s dress pants and dress shoes. I’ve also enjoyed occasionally playing male roles in theater productions and dressing in costume as a man on Halloween. At other times in my life, I’ve had longer hair and frequently worn dresses and dangly earrings — and more feminine Halloween costumes. Although my gender expression has shifted over time between less feminine and more feminine, I have always identified as a girl or woman.

What is gender fluidity?

Let’s define a few terms. Cisgender means a person’s gender identity matches the sex — female or male — designated on their original birth certificate. Gender fluidity refers to change over time in a person’s gender expression or gender identity, or both. That change might be in expression, but not identity, or in identity, but not expression. Or both expression and identity might change together.

For some youth, gender fluidity may be a way to explore gender before landing on a more stable gender expression or identity. For others, gender fluidity may continue indefinitely as part of their life experience with gender.

Some people describe themselves as “gender-fluid.” As an identity, it typically fits under the transgender and nonbinary umbrella, which applies to people whose gender identity doesn’t match the sex assigned to them on their original birth certificate. (Nonbinary means a person’s gender identity doesn’t fit into strict cultural categories of female or male.)

Not everyone who experiences changes in their gender expression or identity identifies as gender-fluid. Nor does everyone desire gender-affirming medical treatment to change their body to better align with their gender identity.

How does gender develop and change?

People typically begin developing a gender identity in early childhood, around the age of 2 or 3. Gender identity develops within multiple social contexts: a person’s family, their larger community, and the society and historical time in which they live. Each of these may have very different norms and expectations about gender expression and gender identity.

For example, a child might live in a family that believes that gender is more complex than boy or girl, and encourages a diversity of gender expressions. That same child may live in a town where most people believe that boys should “look like boys” and girls should “look like girls.” And this child might live in a society and at a historical time with similar gender norms as their community. Thus, this child may feel freer to have a different gender expression or identity at home than out in public.

For many people, gender identity and expression develop early and stay the same over time. For others, either one may change. While such changes can happen at any time during a person’s life, they’re more common during childhood and adolescence than later in adulthood.

What’s the difference between gender-fluid and transgender?

While some people develop a gender identity early in childhood, others may identify with one gender at one time and then another gender later on. For example, a person who was designated female on their original birth certificate may identify as a girl until adolescence, then identify as a boy for the rest of their life. This person would be considered transgender, but not necessarily gender-fluid.

Another person who follows this developmental arc may only identify as a boy until they are in their 20s, and then identify as nonbinary, and then identify as a boy again later in adulthood. This person could be considered gender-fluid, because they experienced one or more changes in their gender identity or gender expression. It’s wise to note, though, that they may never use the term gender-fluid as an identity label for themself.

Ultimately, anyone who identifies as gender-fluid is a gender-fluid person. Often, the term is used to mean that a person’s gender expression or gender identity — essentially, their internal sense of self — changes frequently. But gender fluidity can look different for different people.

How is gender fluidity related to health in children and teens?

Just like adults, children and teens who express or identify their gender differently from their sex designated at birth are more likely to experience prejudice and discrimination. These experiences may create minority stress that is harmful for their mental and physical health. Compared to cisgender youth, transgender youth are two to three times more likely to have depression, anxiety, self-harming behavior, and suicidal thoughts and behavior.

All communities have expectations around what’s “normal.” A youth who is gender-fluid may be at greater risk for prejudice and discrimination, because their shifting gender identity or expression goes against an expectation that each of these aspects of personhood develops early and stays the same over time. And the harmful interactions may not occur only with people who are cisgender. A youth who is gender-fluid may also face discrimination from some people in the transgender community who view them as “not really transgender.” Seeing a youth who dresses more femininely on one day and more masculinely on another day may feel confusing or even threatening to anyone with strict ideas about gender.

How can you support gender-fluid youth in your life?

I encourage you to think about gender fluidity as part of the diversity of human experience related to gender identity and expression. While acceptance is important in how we treat anyone, it’s especially important for children and teens.

  • Listen to youth and validate their experience of their gender. Everyone is the expert of their own gender.
  • Be patient, as a youth’s gender fluidity may be part of their gender identity development.
  • Support gender-fluid youth in making informed decisions about gender-affirming care, such as hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgeries.
  • Connect them to support and resources so they can talk to others with similar experiences. Gender Spectrum is a great resource for both gender-fluid youth and the adults in their lives.

Gender fluidity: What it means and why support matters

Take a moment — yes, right now — to consider your gender. Do you identify as a woman, man, or another gender: essentially, how would you describe your gender identity?? How do you show your gender to other people through how you look or act — in other words, your gender expression?? And has your gender identity or gender expression changed or stayed the same over time?

Questions like these can be especially valuable if you’re wondering about how gender identity and expression may shift as children grow up. And, of course, these questions may also resonate with many adults.

At times in my life, I’ve had shorter hair and a fondness for men’s dress pants and dress shoes. I’ve also enjoyed occasionally playing male roles in theater productions and dressing in costume as a man on Halloween. At other times in my life, I’ve had longer hair and frequently worn dresses and dangly earrings — and more feminine Halloween costumes. Although my gender expression has shifted over time between less feminine and more feminine, I have always identified as a girl or woman.

What is gender fluidity?

Let’s define a few terms. Cisgender means a person’s gender identity matches the sex — female or male — designated on their original birth certificate. Gender fluidity refers to change over time in a person’s gender expression or gender identity, or both. That change might be in expression, but not identity, or in identity, but not expression. Or both expression and identity might change together.

For some youth, gender fluidity may be a way to explore gender before landing on a more stable gender expression or identity. For others, gender fluidity may continue indefinitely as part of their life experience with gender.

Some people describe themselves as “gender-fluid.” As an identity, it typically fits under the transgender and nonbinary umbrella, which applies to people whose gender identity doesn’t match the sex assigned to them on their original birth certificate. (Nonbinary means a person’s gender identity doesn’t fit into strict cultural categories of female or male.)

Not everyone who experiences changes in their gender expression or identity identifies as gender-fluid. Nor does everyone desire gender-affirming medical treatment to change their body to better align with their gender identity.

How does gender develop and change?

People typically begin developing a gender identity in early childhood, around the age of 2 or 3. Gender identity develops within multiple social contexts: a person’s family, their larger community, and the society and historical time in which they live. Each of these may have very different norms and expectations about gender expression and gender identity.

For example, a child might live in a family that believes that gender is more complex than boy or girl, and encourages a diversity of gender expressions. That same child may live in a town where most people believe that boys should “look like boys” and girls should “look like girls.” And this child might live in a society and at a historical time with similar gender norms as their community. Thus, this child may feel freer to have a different gender expression or identity at home than out in public.

For many people, gender identity and expression develop early and stay the same over time. For others, either one may change. While such changes can happen at any time during a person’s life, they’re more common during childhood and adolescence than later in adulthood.

What’s the difference between gender-fluid and transgender?

While some people develop a gender identity early in childhood, others may identify with one gender at one time and then another gender later on. For example, a person who was designated female on their original birth certificate may identify as a girl until adolescence, then identify as a boy for the rest of their life. This person would be considered transgender, but not necessarily gender-fluid.

Another person who follows this developmental arc may only identify as a boy until they are in their 20s, and then identify as nonbinary, and then identify as a boy again later in adulthood. This person could be considered gender-fluid, because they experienced one or more changes in their gender identity or gender expression. It’s wise to note, though, that they may never use the term gender-fluid as an identity label for themself.

Ultimately, anyone who identifies as gender-fluid is a gender-fluid person. Often, the term is used to mean that a person’s gender expression or gender identity — essentially, their internal sense of self — changes frequently. But gender fluidity can look different for different people.

How is gender fluidity related to health in children and teens?

Just like adults, children and teens who express or identify their gender differently from their sex designated at birth are more likely to experience prejudice and discrimination. These experiences may create minority stress that is harmful for their mental and physical health. Compared to cisgender youth, transgender youth are two to three times more likely to have depression, anxiety, self-harming behavior, and suicidal thoughts and behavior.

All communities have expectations around what’s “normal.” A youth who is gender-fluid may be at greater risk for prejudice and discrimination, because their shifting gender identity or expression goes against an expectation that each of these aspects of personhood develops early and stays the same over time. And the harmful interactions may not occur only with people who are cisgender. A youth who is gender-fluid may also face discrimination from some people in the transgender community who view them as “not really transgender.” Seeing a youth who dresses more femininely on one day and more masculinely on another day may feel confusing or even threatening to anyone with strict ideas about gender.

How can you support gender-fluid youth in your life?

I encourage you to think about gender fluidity as part of the diversity of human experience related to gender identity and expression. While acceptance is important in how we treat anyone, it’s especially important for children and teens.

  • Listen to youth and validate their experience of their gender. Everyone is the expert of their own gender.
  • Be patient, as a youth’s gender fluidity may be part of their gender identity development.
  • Support gender-fluid youth in making informed decisions about gender-affirming care, such as hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgeries.
  • Connect them to support and resources so they can talk to others with similar experiences. Gender Spectrum is a great resource for both gender-fluid youth and the adults in their lives.


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