What to do if someone discloses a gender variant identity to me?
If a person exposes their gender variant identify to you, it is critical that you support their self-definition and assure them that they are respected. Pay attention to what they have to say about how they're feeling and what their gender identification means to them, and then ask them what they'd like you to do (if anything). It's critical not to try to 'fix' the gender variant individual by persuading them to give up their gender variant identity. This is ineffective and leads to low self-esteem as well as mental health difficulties like depression, self-harm, and suicide. Studies show that gender variant persons deliberately choose people to reveal their gender identity. Someone they trust and who they feel would be supportive and sympathetic to their gender identity. Maintaining the gender-diverse youth's confidence and secrecy is consequently critical. When a person discloses their gender identity, for example, ask them what name they like to be called, what pronouns they prefer you to use with them, and chat to them about who they've told, who is and isn't supportive, and who they'd need assistance revealing to. Do not reveal their identification to anybody, including their parents or carers, unless they have already done so.
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