Here’s what it boils down to: Some people feel male or female regardless of the gender they are assigned at birth, and that’s fine. For those who are unsure or don’t fit into either of those categories, they may feel somewhere in between or something completely different. You may identify as genderqueer, agender, gender-neutral, genderfluid, genderflow, or gyragender, and that’s fine too! Your gender is determined by you and how you feel. This is all about you and who you know yourself to be.
DC Specific (The 202)
DC was the first place to issue gender-neutral IDs. So you can choose male, female, or neither on your ID. DC is also one of the few places that include gender identity and expression as a protected class — which means a person cannot be discriminated based on their gender identity or expression. For those born in DC, if their current gender does not match their gender assigned at birth there is an option to change the gender and name on their birth certificate.
DC is one of the few states to have all-gender bathrooms, making DC one of the most gender-inclusive places in the U.S. But even with these many protections and a slowly changing understanding of gender inclusiveness, transgender and gender non-conforming youth in DC face discrimination, bullying, and other challenges.
How can you support the gender non-conforming people in your life? Read about this and more below:
Amaze is an organization that creates videos for adolescents and their trusted adults to open lines of communication about important sexual health topics. This two-minute video explains gender identity in simple terms.
This graphic, from Trans Student Education Resources, explains the difference between gender identity, gender expression, sex assigned at birth, physical attraction, and emotional attraction.
This four-minute video is a trailer for a documentary called Becoming More Visible, which follows four young transgender adults as they strive to be their true selves.
The DC Office of Human Rights enforces the DC Human Rights Act, which makes discrimination illegal based on the 19 protected traits for people that live, visit, or work in the District of Columbia.