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Presenter(s): Adriaan Dippenaar, Jennyfer Purswell

Date: August 20, 2019

Time: 11:12 pm - 12:00 am

Room: 609

Conference: Gender Odyssey Seattle

Program: Community

It’s Not Just a Phase: Gender-Diverse Realities

When it comes to gender diverse people, we often hear: “It’s just a phase.” Old assumptions insist that gender transitions move seamlessly from “point A” to “point B.” Gender-fluid identities are dismissed as being temporary placeholders while we look for our “real” identities. Lately, the rediscovery of androgyny in popular culture has opened the door to accusations that gender-benders are just trying to be hip. Either way, we’re not taken seriously! The truth is, genderqueer—by whatever name we call it—is a legitimate and meaningful personal identity. In this workshop, we’ll explore the multifaceted nature of gender and how our expressions of gender can change—even from day to day. How do you name, construct, and express your gender-queering? Let’s find out!