Social exclusion of the identity of transgender and cisgender children

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Most people express the gender that corresponds with their biological sex. There are some people whose gender identity or expression is different from that traditionally associated with assigned sex at birth. This is known as being transgender. This can occur at any age. Their sex at birth tends to gravitate toward the toys, clothing and friendships stereotypically associated with that gender. New findings from the study by researchers at the University of Washington, show that gender identity and gender-typed preferences manifest similarly in both cisgender and transgender children, even those who recently transitioned.

As the study says, transgender children between the ages of 3 and 12 has made a social, but not medical: they had changed their pronouns and often their names, as well as dressing and playing in different ways associated with a different gender of their sex at birth.

Today, we associate a particular aspect of gender-related life, such as clothing, toys and friends. That is why the study asked them about these most highly questioned topics in society, as they are the ones that live closest, for example in schools, in homes…

In the society in which we live, we associate certain things to a specific sex, which means that we are limiting the very identity of gender. A clear example is the colour blue and the colour pink that we relate blue to male and pink to female. These gender changes, such as trans, have led to very great social change as they have broken with all current stereotypes. They’re people who don’t feel identified with the gender you’ve been born, which is why they’ve created polemics in society.

In the study trans children showed different identities and preferences from the assigned sex. There is hardly any difference between these transgender and cisgender children of the same gender identity. Most transgender girls, such as cisgenders, wore stereotypical female clothing, chose toys and dolls to play with, preferred to play with friends, and clearly identified as girls rather than boys.

In education, a student who identifies as transgender should be able to do the same things as cisgender students, for example in the exercise of sports, going to the same toilets, wearing uniforms… Research shows the supportive environment schools provide can have a lasting impact on both the educational and lifelong outcomes for students. For this reason, researchers had studied the behaviours and decisions of transgender children and cisgender children.


Key words: transgender, cisgender, education, identities and preferences, children



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