Gender Identity is about how a person identifies with themselves in terms of their gender. A lot of young people can grow up identifying as a boy or girl, as their biological sex and gender identity matches. However, for some people, they may feel like they don’t fit into the male or female category. Or may feel that their biological sex doesn’t match their gender identity. This may mean that a young person who was born as a biological female may feel that their gender identity doesn’t match that of a female. Therefore they feel they identify more with the male gender. Some young people may be questioning their gender or struggling to understand their gender. Others may not identify with a gender or even change between genders.
All of the above is to do with gender identity.
What is ‘Gender Dysphoria’? When a person experiences discomfort or distress because they feel that their biological sex and gender identity doesn’t match up,. You may also see it being referred to as Gender Identity Disorder (GID) or transgenderism.
Common things you may feel with Gender Dysphoria
The first signs of gender dysphoria can appear at a very young age. This can be things such as a child not wanting to wear ‘typical’ boys’ or girls’ clothes. In Addition, they may not want to take part typical boys’ or girls’ games or activities. For a lot of children, this will likely be normal behaviour and may pass with time. However for those with gender dysphoria, it continues through childhood and into adulthood. Young people with gender dysphoria can feel trapped inside a body. In summary, they may feel their doesn’t match their gender identity. Due to this, they may feel so unhappy about judgement from society and not express as they gender they assign to.
Where to go for support
Young people with gender dysphoria may need supporting, in a safe environment where they can talk to others and feel a sense of belonging. In Liverpool, Young Person’s Advisory Service (YPAS) have The Action Youth group, which is open to anyone aged 10 – 18 whose gender identity is different to how others see it, or who may be questioning their gender identity.
When: Wednesday 4.30 – 7 pm for ages 12 – 18. 1 to 1 support is available throughout the week for 10 – 18-year-olds.
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