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Gender Diversity, Sexual Orientation, and Bone Health in the Maturing Dancer

Derrick D. Brown
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 32 Number 4: Page 221 (December 2017)

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Abstract: Gender identity forms an important aspect of still developing youths. Gender is traditionally classified into two distinct categories, female and male. Transgender is a general term that describes individuals who self-identity as male, female, both, or neither (i.e., gender fluid) and do not match the assigned at-birth gender. Adolescent transgender individuals are currently a marginal population. There are limited demographics on youths, but as of 2014 an estimate of 1.4 million adults in the USA identified as transgender. It does seem, however, as more adults embrace their gender diversity and come out as transgender, in some cases opting for surgical reassignment, more adolescents and families are accepting their diversity. A growing body of research highlights transgender adolescents and their specific medical and mental health needs. This review seeks to underscore physiological phenomena relevant to trans-individuals, particularly in adolescents maturing into young adults, and disseminate this knowledge to dance, health, and education professionals.
https://doi.org/10.21091/mppa.2017.4036

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