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Gender Identity: How we identify our self based on psychological identification Gender Expression: The way we express our gender through clothing, mannerisms, and chosen names Gender Non-Conforming: when the gender expression does not conform to mainstream society’s expectations. It is neither clearly feminine nor clearly masculine. Transgender: A broad word for someone who’s gender identity does not match their sex assigned at birth. This can represent transsexuals, gender queers, and people who identify with more than one gender. Transsexual: A person who lives and/or identifies as a different sex from the one assigned at birth. This process of changing gender presentation can represent changing their gender with hormone treatments or surgery.
Many people in today’s society mock this or think that transsexual people are not normal consider the following › You are born one sex per your genitals but psychologically you are the opposite sex › You are made fun of because you look like a particular sex but you act like another sex › The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), uses the diagnose for Transsexuals as having GID or gender identity disorder › It cost thousands of dollars to make changes to your gender and may not be an option for all who have DSM › If hormone treatment or surgery are an option it is time consuming, there are health risks, and involves a lengthy process › Without surgery many transsexuals go through intensive retraining on how to walk and talk and present themselves as their preferred gender › Let’s not forget the side effects or hormones or surgery, the emotional affect, and the physical affects › It is difficult for transsexual people to access many services such as: rape crisis centers, emergency medical care, homeless or violence shelters, these are all segregated by sex.
What if you were attracted to someone of the same sex? What if you were attracted to both sexes? Do Societal norms make it right or wrong? Does religion have a right to restrict or change the way we think of sexual orientation?
Asexual: someone that does not experience sexual attraction either for a period of time or ever Bisexual: when someone is romantically/sexually attracted to both men and woman, though not necessarily at the same time Gay/Homosexual: when you are attracted romantically/sexually to someone of the same sex this is often used exclusively for males but can be used when referring to woman Lesbian: women who are attracted romantically/sexually to women Pansexual: when you are attracted to people across a range of genders often used to describe a transgender, gender queer, or people that are attracted to transgender or gender queers. Straight/Heterosexual: when you are attracted romantically/sexually to the opposite sex
Social Impact/Physical Impact – think about… › Coming out to yourself and your family and friends and the world › Religious beliefs › Societal expectations › The emotional impact of dealing with your feelings, the feelings of your family, the world and societal expectations › Do we have right to happiness and social/emotional well being regardless of our sexual orientation
Let’s think about the emotional feelings that may be affected › Actually acting upon this, many feel they should hide these feelings or suppress them to fit into the societal norms › Religious views › Coming out to yourself, family, friends, the world › People assume you are confused and need to find the right person (mostly meaning the opposite sex)
Where do societal norms come from: › Religious beliefs › Family beliefs › Traditions
When you are Gay, Lesbian, Transsexual, Bisexual or Gender Queer does religion have the right to affect your decisions › It has always been believed that we look to religion as a guidance of how to live our life to the standard they believe is right › We have a right to religion and our sexual orientation › Religion should be between you and God not the man made rules that are stipulated in ones particular religion › Does God not love all? › You have the right to your religion and your beliefs regardless of who tries to prevent this dailyvoiceofreason.blogspot.c
Terms that are used for people that fear homosexuals and transsexuals › They lead to laws and practices that deny LGBTQ people legal, religious, and social privileges that heterosexuals take for granted: marriage, filing joint taxes, coverage under the same health coverage. › They lead to discrimination of he LGBTQ community which includes: housing, jobs, and police brutality