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This entry describes the experiences of individuals who identify as genderqueer. First, the entry discusses the concept of genderqueer, explaining what it means to have a gender identity that is on a spectrum of male and female, rather than a gender identity that conforms to the male–female binary. The next section discusses the role of culture in gender identity, and the distinctions between sexual and gender identity are then addressed. Next, gender identity development is examined, specifically noting the lack of models to encompass genderqueer identity. Finally, relationships with others are reviewed by considering genderqueer individuals’ anticipated reactions from loved ones and other individuals within their social networks.

The Concept of Genderqueer

The concept of being genderqueer is not currently well understood within most Western cultures. Genderqueer ...

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