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February 7, 2019 @ 12:42 pm

Gender Conformity



Does being transgender mean you have to accept binary gender roles? In this episode we answer two different listener questions. Hanna writes "How does one know what to change when transitioning? This seems related to the pressure everyone feels on some level to embody the vague collective ideals of one's multiple social roles (gender or otherwise), but trans people have extra baggage from another role they inhabited before choosing to live a different one. How have you navigated this in your transition? Is there anything you started doing differently after transitioning only to realize it didn't really feel like you?" Riley writes "Do you think society puts unfair pressure on binary trans folx to uphold gender stereotypes, for fear of the perception that you're not putting enough effort into your gender presentation?"

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The Gender Rebels is a weekly question-and-answer podcast that explores life outside the binary; crossdressing, transgender topics, queer life and anything else that helps break down the gender binary. It's hosted by Faith, a transgender woman in Brooklyn, and her cis female partner Kath. You might also hear a bark or two in the background from our cis dog Rocket. To ask us a question or share a thought emails us at

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