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Increase in US teens resisting gender identities ‘Boy’ or ‘Girl’

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More teens are identifying themselves as transgender or gender-fluid above the traditional gender label, research shows.

 

    In the study, published by AAP News & Journals Gateway, nearly 3% of the students in Minnesota did not classify with ether traditional ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ gender label. Results surprise researchers upon discovery that it had vastly increased from a year ago, which estimated 0.7% of students classified themselves as transgender, according to a study by UCLA.

 

    Research found from TGNC (Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming) youth to experience “significantly poorer health, lower rates of preventive health checkups, and more nurse office visits than cisgender youth”(AAP News & Journal Gateway). TGNC teens were reported to visit school nurses rather than getting preventive health checkups.

 

 

    Nic Rider, a postdoctoral individual and lead researcher of the University of Minnesota, claims the main purpose of the research is to compare the health differences between young teens gender-nonconforming and cisgender, a person whose gender identity aligns with the sex assigned to them at birth. Rider based his research on a survey from 2016 which contained closely to 81,000 Minnesota students ranging from 9th to 11th grade.

 

    Nearly 2,200 of these teens — about 2.7% — answered yes to the question: Do you consider yourself transgender, genderqueer, genderfluid or unsure of your gender identification? The term “genderqueer” describes a person who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions and may identify with neither, both, or a combination of male and female identities (defined by CNN).

 

    Jovanna, a pro transgender from Antelope Valley High School, believes “transgender people change their gender because they have a hard time knowing who they are but in there new found body it’s like they finally found themselves” and because of it, Jovanna says, “people don’t accept them and they get hurt by it, mentally, emotionally, physically, and verbally.”

 

   Olivia, a student of AVHS who supports transgenders, also believes that “they most likely deal with more mental illness such as depression and anxiety”.

 

    In contrast, senior student Roberto, says “if they change gender they will be comfortable with their gender but will face an overwhelming amount of judgment from others so their life will be harder”. Roberto like other individuals find this occurrence weird and unnatural but accepts that it’s their own life and should do what they please with that life.

 

    With more awareness and spectrum of non cisgender teens in recent years, gives a from of conformity to these individuals to allow venture from the traditional “boy” or “girl” gender label.

 

    Nic Rider’s analysis focused on Minnesota teens, and hopes to expand it to a national study for a more accurate report of these new generations of teens. Rider hopes to improve the health care for transgender teens by advising doctors and parents alike to help these teens search for health in a more safe and trustworthy environment.

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