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What is Gender Diversity?

There are a number of different reasons for why individuals may present, or express themselves differently than a culture's norms of masculinity or femininity. Some of these are associated with sexual orientation (e.g. gay) or sex development (DSD/intersex). It's not inevitable that gender non-conforming people experience distress related to their biological sex or sex characteristics. When they do, it's called Gender Dysphoria. 

Gender non-conformity exists across cultures as an organic variation of personhood. Gender dysphoria, on the other hand, tends to be a culture bound psychological condition related to poor frameworks or integration of those traits. For example, in Samoa, where the gender non-conformity of gay men and women is well tolerated and integrated into society, it is unusual for those individuals to experience distress or seek medical interventions. 

For this reason, my primary goal is to help individuals, families, organizations and communities find ways to integrate gender non-conforming persons into their cultures in ways that are meaningful, agreeable, safe, and respectful.

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