Harvard’s office of BGLTQ Student Life has recently compiled a new guide telling students that “gender is fluid and changing,” adding that gender identity can fluctuate daily or based on an individual’s choice of expression.
The flyer distributed among the student body claims that “there are more than two sexes” and “sex assigned at birth and gender identity are not necessarily the same.”
Additionally, it also explains the biological anatomy that one is born with may not necessarily be aligned with “gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, hormonal makeup, physical anatomy, and/or how one is perceived in daily life,” and even cites a post by the Organization Intersex International (OII) that “at least 2% of people” are inherently born with a combination of male and female genitalia, hormones, or chromosomes.
According to a report by Campus Reform:
The guide, which was distributed to students on campus, declares that “there are more than two sexes” and that “gender is fluid and changing,” adding that someone’s gender identity “can be affirmed and/or expressed in many ways,” and can even “change from day to day.”
Regarding how one chooses their identity, the flyer contends that “for many people—cis and trans—gender expression, identity, and self-understanding can change from day to day,” noting that gender can be expressed through one’s “speech, mannerisms, clothing,” and more.
Grooming or makeup are considered among the list of gender expression while other choices such as using transgender surgery or hormone therapy are more extreme means to permanently alter one’s identity.
The school even claims those who disagree with the concept of gender fluidity are promoting “systemic violence.”
“Transphobic misinformation is a form of systemic violence,” the document goes on to state. “Fixed binaries and biological essentialism, manifest in gendered language, misgendering someone, and the policing of trans bodies, threaten the lives of trans people.”
Statistics from a group called “Trans Student Educational Resources” are also mentioned, saying that “Trans people of color are 6x more likely to experience physical violence when interacting with the police than with white cisgender survivors of violence,” the first bullet point states, followed by the claim that “80% of trans students feel unsafe at school because of their gender expression.”
Campus Reform reports that several students were upset that school funds were used to support this campaign, though they declined to comment for fear of “potential repercussions from the school.”
H/T: Campus Reform
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