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Gender nonconformity


  • Here are entered works on the various manifestations of cross-gender orientation, such as cross-dressing, transsexualism, male or female impersonation, intersexuality, etc., treated collectively.
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  • Variants

    • Gender variance (Gender nonconformity)
    • Genderqueer
    • Non-binary gender
    • TGNC (Transgender and gender nonconformity)
    • Transgenderism
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  • Earlier Established Forms

    • Transgenderism
  • Sources

    • found: Wikipedia, May 30, 2007
    • found: American Heritage dict.(transgendered: appearing as, wishing to be considered as, or having undergone surgery to become a member of the opposite sex)
    • found: LC database, May 30, 2007.
    • found: Google search, May 30, 2007(transgenderism; transgender orientation)
    • found: Singh, Anneliese A. Affirmative counseling and psychological practice with transgender and gender nonconforming clients, c2017:(An expert panel of contributors teaches readers strategies for working with a diverse array of TGNC clients, including adolescents, older adults, parents, and people of color)
    • found: American Psychological Association. Guidelines for psychological practice with transgender and gender nonconforming people, 2015:Basic terminology (Transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people are those who have a gender identity that is not fully aligned with their sex assigned at birth)
    • found: National Center for Transgender Equality, WWW site, Mar. 31, 2017:Transgender terminology (Gender Non-conforming: A term for individuals whose gender expression is different from societal expectations related to gender)
    • found: GLAAD Media Reference Guide, WWW site, Mar. 31, 2017:Terms to avoid (transgenderism; This is not a term commonly used by transgender people. This is a term used by anti-transgender activists to dehumanize transgender people and reduce who they are to "a condition."; Other terms you may hear: Gender Non-Conforming - A term used to describe some people whose gender expression is different from conventional expectations of masculinity and femininity. Please note that not all gender non-conforming people identify as transgender; nor are all transgender people gender non-conforming. Many people have gender expressions that are not entirely conventional -- that fact alone does not make them transgender. Many transgender men and women have gender expressions that are conventionally masculine or feminine. Simply being transgender does not make someone gender non-conforming. The term is not a synonym for transgender or transsexual and should only be used if someone self-identifies as gender non-conforming)
    • found: Advocate, WWW site, Mar. 31, 2017:(The majority of the people who use the word "transgenderism" are either biased against the community, such as the discredited anti-trans "expert" Dr. Paul McHugh, or harbor hatred toward the trans community, like the right-wing organization classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Family Research Council)
    • found: Trans Student Educational Resources, WWW site, Mar. 31, 2017:Basic terminology (...Someone with a gender nonconforming gender expression may or may not be transgender)
    • found: Sylvia Rivera Law Project, WWW site, Mar. 31, 2017:(Transgender is a general term used to describe people whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth; Gender nonconforming refers to people who do not follow other people's ideas or stereotypes about how they should look or act based on the female or male sex they were assigned at birth)
    • found: Gender Diversity, WWW site, Mar. 31, 2017:(Gender Variance/Gender Non-Conformity: Gender variance refers to behaviors and interests that fit outside of what we consider 'normal' for a child or adult's assigned biological sex. We think of these people as having interests that are more typical of the "opposite" sex; in children, for example, a girl who insists on having short hair and prefers to play football with the boys, or a boy who wears dresses and wishes to be a princess. These are considered gender-variant or gender non-conforming behaviors and interests. It should be noted that gender nonconformity is a term not typically applied to children who have only a brief, passing curiosity in trying out these behaviors or interests)
    • found: Merriam-Webster, WWW site, Apr. 2, 2017:(Genderqueer: of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity cannot be categorized as solely male or female)
    • found: Richards, Christina. Non-binary or genderqueer genders, 2016:(Some people have a gender which is neither male nor female and may identify as both male and female at one time, as different genders at different times, as no gender at all, or dispute the very idea of only two genders. The umbrella terms for such genders are 'genderqueer' or 'non-binary' genders)
    • notfound: American Heritage Dictionary, WWW site, Mar. 31, 2017
  • General Notes

    • Here are entered works on the various manifestations of cross-gender orientation, such as cross-dressing, transsexualism, male or female impersonation, intersexuality, etc., treated collectively.
  • Change Notes

    • 2007-05-30: new
    • 2021-03-05: revised
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