Study reveals how many California youth identify as gender ‘noncomforming’

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A new study released by the University of California, Los Angeles revealed that more than a quarter of California’s youth self-reported that others view them as gender “noncomforming” at school.

The study, authored by UCLA’s Williams Institute – a sexual orientation and gender identity think tank – and the school’s Center for Health Policy Research, found that 27 percent of California’s young people between the ages of 12 and 17 were gender nonconformists.

Results were based on responses to two questions in the California Health Interview Survey that were posed to 1,594 young people in the state.

The first question was, “Are you male or female?”

Secondly, study participants were informed that “A person’s appearance, style, dress, or the way they walk or talk may affect how people describe them” and asked, “How do you think other people at school would describe you?”

Respondents could select from the following choices:

  • Very feminine
  • Mostly feminine
  • Equally feminine and masculine
  • Mostly masculine
  • Very masculine

Authors of the study categorized male participants who said others describe them as “very feminine” or “mostly feminine,” and female respondents who said others describe them as “very masculine” or “mostly masculine” as “highly gender nonconforming.” Those who responded “equally feminine and masculine” were categorized as “androgynous.”

Fifty-nine respondents were categorized as “highly gender nonconforming,” while 331 were assigned to the “androgynous” category.

The study also assessed mental health differences between “gender conforming” and “gender nonconforming” respondents, finding that “gender nonconforming” youth were more than twice as likely to have psychological problems than those comfortable with their biological sex.

“The data show that more than one in four California youth express their gender in ways that go against the dominant stereotypes,” said Bianca D.M. Wilson of the Williams Institute, lead author of the study. “However, the heightened psychological distress we see among gender nonconforming youth indicates that we must continue to educate parents, schools and communities on the mental health needs of these young people and reduce known risk factors, such as bullying and bias.”

California was the first state to formally introduce the LGBT rights agenda into its public schools as part of a new history and social studies curriculum that will be taught children beginning in the second grade, according to Breitbart News.

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