FluidityMar 27, 2023
Written by Adriana Campos, a CSUCI student.
A person who is gender-fluid might identify as both male and female, or neither male nor female, or a combination of both genders. They might express themselves in different ways at different times or remain consistent in their gender expression and identity. Gender fluidity is a concept that is increasingly being discussed and accepted in society. It is closely related to gender identity and gender expression and is part of the larger discussion around gender equality and acceptance.
People who identify as gender-fluid may find it difficult to navigate the gender expectations of society, which can be isolating and invalidating. Gender fluidity is a normal part of human experience, and it can be a journey of self-discovery and growth. Finding support and understanding from family, friends, and healthcare providers can help gender-fluid individuals feel accepted and affirmed.
Gender identity is a complex concept, shaped by a variety of factors. In addition to social context, gender identity is shaped by biology, genetics, and hormones. It is also shaped by an individual’s life experiences and the way they interpret their environment. As a result, gender identity can be fluid, with individuals expressing different gender identities at different points in their life. People who experience change in their gender identity and/or expression may identify as transgender, gender-fluid, genderqueer, non-binary, and more.
Many people feel that gender identity is something that is innate and cannot be changed. While this may be true for some, it’s important to recognize that for others, their gender identity may evolve over time. It’s important to be open to the possibility of change and to provide people with the support and acceptance they may need as they explore their gender identity. For some, it may mean exploring various gender expressions and identities; for others, it may mean feeling comfortable with changing their gender identity or expression over time.
It is essential for adults to create safe and supportive environments for youth who are gender-fluid. This includes teaching others in the community about gender fluidity and helping to create an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding. Adults can also offer support to gender-fluid youth by advocating for their rights, providing access to mental health services, and connecting them with other gender fluid youth. Be aware of the potential for gender-fluid individuals to face discrimination. Try to create and maintain safe spaces, both physical and virtual, for gender-fluid individuals. Lastly, remember that gender fluidity is just one part of a person’s identity and that it’s important to respect all aspects of a person’s identity.