Announced on our day of birth or even months before, our sex and assumed gender affects our lives in countless ways. In this talk, I describe the lives of youth who, beginning early in development feel discomfort or altogether reject that initial categorization made at their births. Focusing primarily on transgender youth who have socially transitioned -- changing clothing, hairstyle, pronouns, and names – I’ll describe their early gender development. Initial findings suggest that binary transgender youth look remarkably similar to children who share their gender but who have been raised in line with that gender since birth. I’ll discuss how these findings speak to ongoing debates in the field about how gender develops and to larger sociocultural and political debates about gender diversity.
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