Gender Constructs Hurt ALL Children

Friday, 24 February 2012

Limited binary notions of gender hurt all young people, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.  A new study published in Pediatrics, The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, shows that one in ten children face elevated risk of abuse and PTSD due to gender nonconformity, noting that 85% of the study's participants grew up to be heterosexual.  Here are links to the abstract and the full text of the article.  This study, along with The Family Acceptance Project’s school victimization research, demonstrate that there are long term impacts for gender nonconforming youth.  This new data emphasizes the importance of Gender Spectrum’s mission to create gender inclusive spaces for all children and teens.

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