Identity Equality

Sexuality and gender are both often viewed as fairly straightforward identities.  However, this is far from the truth; both identities are much more complex.  We are often told that male and female are the only two gender identities and that straight and homosexual are the only two sexual identities.  Throughout the workshop, students are given the opportunity to debunk these myths and explore the existence of a myriad of other identities.  Through discussion, students came to better understand transgender, intersex, and non-conforming gender identities.  They also learned that sexualities can encompass much more: pansexual, demisexual, asexual, omnisexual, bisexual, etc.  By understanding other identities, students learned to be more accepting of interpersonal differences and diversity.  In addition to that, students learned about the restrictive nature of binary identity categories such as male/female and straight/homosexual.  Exploring these identities granted students much more freedom and alleviated them from the societal stress to alter their personal identities in order to conform.

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