“Whenever I go into a women’sbathroom, people look at me weird,like I’m not supposed to be there.I know they think I’m a guy. ActuallyI’d rather go to the men’s, becauseI feel like I’m a boy inside. But in themen’s toilets they think I’m a girl.”“When I was little, I thoughtI would grow up to look justlike my Dad. I didn’t:everyone says I look just like my Mum.”
The first question often asked after we’re born is “Is it aboy or a girl?” The assumption is that a child will fulfilone of those two distinct categories. But we are not allborn ‘standard male’ or ‘standard female’. The reality isthat gender is more complex. There are many gendersbeyond just ‘male’ and ‘female’; gender can be fluidand limitless.
This booklet is for people aged 16 to 25 who are questioningtheir gender –for people who feel like the sex and/or genderassigned to them at birth doesn’t fit. We all call ourselvesmany different things... transgendered, transsexual, trans*,genderqueer and that’s just a start. Just to make thingseasier throughout this booklet we are going to use trans*to refer to people with a range of sex and/or genderexperiences and identities.We called this booklet
GQ: Gender Questioning.
We hope thatreading this booklet will be a big help towards figuring outsome stuff that can be very confusing.
can be usedas an umbrella termto include manyexperiences of sexand gender: trans,transsexual,transgender,genderqueer etc.