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Gender Curiosity

Gender identity can play a huge part in our lives as we’re growing up, and it’s common to question your gender identity

Your physical features do not determine your gender. Babies are assigned a sex at birth based on anatomical features, but this doesn’ t necessarily mean you identify with this assigned gender.

If you identify with your assigned gender, this is known as cisgender. If you don’t, it’s likely that you fit under the broad category of gender diversity

We begin expressing our gender at very early ages - usually around 2 or 3 years old - through the way we talk about ourselves and choose to dress

As we get older and enter our teenage years, it’s super common to experiment with your gender. Finding what works for you and expressing your gender can be an exhilarating and freeing experience.

While it can definitely feel like you’re alone in this, keep in mind that there are lots of young people questioning and exploring their gender identity. Some people find it beneficial speaking to a supportive healthcare professional while figuring out their gender identity. The world is becoming more aware and accepting of gender diversity, but it can still be a confronting thing to explore if you don’t have a supportive network around you.

And remember, despite all this talk of exploring your gender identity, you don’t need to label yourself! You do whatever works for you

Change your perspective and uncover a way forward for you!

Here are some things that can help you with that.

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Great
reads

The Last Time I Wore a Dress by Dylan Scholinski
This is a true story about a a girl who didn't feel like a girl, she ends up in hospital and learns who she really is.

Luna by Julie Anne Peters
Liam lives a double life. By day he is Liam, the boy everyone knows, by night Liam transform into Luna - the person Liam really wants to be, but is scared to reveal to their family

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
David's parents think he's gay. Only his two best friends know the real truth - David wants to be female. Fortunately, David meets Leo, and the two become friends, and their lives change.

Great
Films

Cowboys
After leaving from his wife, a caring father runs off with his trangender son into the Montana wilderness.

Tomboy
The story about a trans girl who is introduced to her neighbourhood as a boy but feels like no one understands her

Girl
Lara, a 15-year-old girl who was born in a boy's body, is dedicated to becoming a professional ballerina.

Places to find more resources

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