President of the World Association for Sexual Health Elna Rudolph
This article is part of Crossing the Divide: A parent’s guide to understanding our transgender children.
Raise the topic of gender diversity and transgender youth in a room full of straight-laced South African parents, and you're bound to raise some hackles while you're at it.
The room quickly divides into two distinct parties. The first group holds a steadfast belief in the black and white of the binary (that there are only two genders, one with a penis and one with a vagina). The second believes that gender exists on a spectrum (that there is more to gender than the biological sex you were assigned at birth).
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