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Question for folks familiar with #LGBTQ+ research, particularly on life trajectories: A lot of researchers seem obsessed with the notion that childhood gender non-conformity (GNC) is tied to being gay (or in some cases trans) as an adult... #science #psychology #sex #research
While certainly true in some cases, many LGBTQ+ adults were not GNC during childhood. These latter cases are usually ignored/viewed as anomalies, probably b/c they don't fit the "sexual inversion" model (e.g., feminized/masculinized brain) that many researchers still cling to...
...anyway, I'm compiling research/evidence that suggests an alternative model, namely, that GNC children are more likely to recognize&embrace that they are LGBTQ+ earlier in part b/c they behave different from same-assigned-gender peers, receive more scrutiny from adults/peers...
...& cannot easily hide their difference, whereas non-GNC children tend to figure this out later in life, and thus are more likely to hide (b/c they can) and/or not fully embrace their LGBTQ+ status due to cis/heteronormative pressures...
...I've found others who've suggested this + some evidence along these lines. But any suggestions of other research supporting this possibility would be greatly appreciated! You can either reply here or shoot me an email – thanks in advance! juliaserano.com/contact.html
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