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Gender Affirmative Model

The gender affirmative model is a structure of care for gender-expansive and trans individuals that evolved in the first two decades of the 21st century. Although it originally was crafted by a consortium of individuals from different disciplines across the globe who focused their work on children and adolescents, the model itself applies to people of all ages.

Contours and History of the Gender Affirmative Model

The overarching global principle of the gender affirmative model is that every individual should have the right to live in the gender that is most authentic to them. This principle is informed by the evidence-based studies demonstrating that attempting to change or contort a person’s gender does harm. In the model, gender health is defined as the opportunity for an individual ...

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