Gender Nonconformity and Transgender Issues: Overview

Transgender and gender nonconforming people (TGNC; also known as gender diverse people) have existed throughout history and across cultures. This entry introduces basic concepts related to people with TGNC identities and describes current conceptualizations of TGNC identities, barriers that exist for TGNC people, and the ways in which resilience serves as a buffer to these barriers.

Basic Concepts Regarding Gender Identity

Gender is a concept that is easily confused with sex. Gender is a socially constructed concept, and there are many expectations for a person and how they perform their gender based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Women are expected to be well mannered, while men are expected to hold their feelings in. These gendered expectations can become quite challenging for people if ...

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