What is gender-fluid and where does it fall in the transgender spectrum (if at all) ? To answer this questions I took to the web – this is by no means a complete answer but I hope a place to start – I hope that others might comment below so we can have an open discussion on what it means to be Gender-fluid and touch loosely on some other Transgender issues as well.
For some people, gender is not just about being male or female; in fact, how one identifies can change every day or even every few hours.
Gender fluidity, when gender expression shifts between masculine and feminine, can be displayed in how we dress, express and describe ourselves.Everyone’s gender exists on a spectrum, according to Dot Brauer, director of the LGBTQA Center at the University of Vermont. Progressive gender expression is the norm for the university, which offers gender-neutral bathrooms and allows students to use their preferred names.“If you imagine the spectrum and imagine the most feminine expression you have ever seen and most masculine you have ever seen and just sort of imagine where you are on that,” Brauer said.Brauer, who identifies as gender-queer and prefers the pronoun “they,” said gender identification is about what feels right for the person.Source : CNN.
So many amazing people identifying with being Gender fluid – this kind of diversity should be celebrated and supported.
From Tumblr …
There aren’t just two genders,
No you don’t determine what gender I am,
What’s between my legs doesn’t either. Don’t be upset when you accidentally call me by a wrong pronoun,
I understand if you are learning,
But if you acknowledge that I am a certain gender on a day,
And dismiss that and call me by my birth gender,
There will be problems,
I won’t get angry if you forget sometimes,
Because you are learning to deal with my gender change,
Because you have to adjust,
Just like I have to adjust,
We will learn and grow together,
Just like everyone around us.
Hi I’m genderfluid, I am a real person,
Please acknowledge who I am.
There are a lot of issues and the discrimination against transgender people seems to be on the rise . I reached out to some folks on Twitter and they gave me permission to use their tweet here. This is broader then GenderFluid but I think it is important to give voice to those who need it most.