The Challenges Of Gender Dysphoria And Gender Role

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Gender identity relates to one’s sense of congruence with their attributed gender. (Dragowaski) Whether or not they believe they are the gender that their sex is. The child’s gender role is how they publically show their gender. How they show what gender they choose to be. Gender dysphoria is the mental condition that occurs when one’s gender identity does not match up with their birth sex.
Gender dysphoria and gender role nonconformity are not considered the same thing. Gender role nonconforming relates more about not doing the gender norms such as being a “sissy” boy but he still considers himself a boy or a “tomboy” girl who still considers herself a girl. (Ehrbar) Gender dysphoria is when they want to change their sex because they identify with the opposite gender.
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If the child is diagnosed with gender dysphoria that is just the beginning. There are going to be so many more challenges to face after diagnoses. Problems so numerous that you may wonder if it was worth diagnosing. Some of the difficult challenges are that laws do not typically require schools or places of public accommodations to permit someone with GD to enter the bathrooms of their identified gender. GD is also not covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Meaning that your child may not have any adaptions regarding bathrooms, or locker rooms at school. (Hein, Katherine)
When you understand the negatives that are associate with your child being diagnosed with GD you can focus on the positive. GD in children is more of a social transition such as dressing and acting and exploring their bodies the way that their gender identity dictates. Then the change being a physical one. They change their gender role and or expression but that does not include medical intervention such as hormones and/or surgery

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