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Guide to Using the Gender Variance Model

Jessica Xavier's Gender Variance Model is introduced in this guide. The model and accompanying materials helps us to understand both the wide variety of possibilities for gender variance, as well as the oppression faced by those deemed variant. Xavier's model makes it clear that most of us could be deemed 'gender variant,' and that the more extreme one's variance, the more extreme the oppression one might face.

Xavier's Gender Variance Model can be viewed at www.gender.org/resources/dge/gea02006.pdf.

The Office of LGBT Equity, University of Maryland

Resource Link: www.ncdd.org/exchange/files/docs/gender_variance_model.PDF

We are indebted to Sivagami (Shiva) Subbaraman of the Office of Human Relations Programs (www.ohrp.umd.edu/WE/) and the Office of LGBT Equity at the University of Maryland, for compiling this and other great LGBT resources for the NCDD website. LGBT is short for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.

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