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ERIC Number: EJ980985
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Beyond a Binary: The Lives of Gender-Nonconforming Youth
Rankin, Sue; Beemyn, Genny
About Campus, v17 n4 p2-10 Sep-Oct 2012
The vast majority of college students, classroom faculty, student affairs educators, and administrators have a tremendous amount to learn about gender diversity. For this majority and for gender-nonconforming students and educators, opportunities are all but untapped to leverage this diversity to enhance learning, as well as to support and celebrate these individuals. On the other hand, every day that too many students and educators remain ignorant about this population is another day gender-diverse students face overt or unintentional discrimination. This article reports some of the findings from the first large-scale study conducted to examine the diversity that falls under the term "transgender." In seeking to support gender-nonconforming students, the authors had been particularly concerned with the absence of studies that compare the identity development processes of different transgender groups, especially people who identify outside of the gender binary of "man" and "woman" and people from different age cohorts. Therefore, their study, this article, and their book focus on these identity development processes. The authors begin with a discussion of the life milestones encountered by gender-diverse individuals and end with recommendations for supporting the learning, development, and success of college students who identify as gender-nonconforming. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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