Today in class we talked about the topic of “gender-fluidity”. We defined it as being “in the middle of the continuum” of gender. I hadn’t really heard this term used very much. Of course, I had heard of boys dressing like girls and vice-versa, I had just never put a term with those characteristics. People just didn’t seem open to talking about this. I think the topic of “gender-fluidity” has gained some recognition as the LGBTQ activism pushes for more progressive ways to think about sexuality, gender identification, and gender expression.
After gay marriage became legalized, the LGBTQ community started pushing for a new movement, the movement of transgender rights. Although this movement has been around for a while, it really picked up momentum when more transgender individuals got into the limelight. Some of these individuals include, Laverne Cox, Chaz Bono, and of course, Caitlin Jenner. After these celebrities were advocates for the transgender rights movement, a couple more celebrities came out as “gender-fluid”. I read an article by Huffington Post that interviewed Ruby Rose from Orange is the New Black and Miley Cyrus about being “gender-fluid”. I think it’s so important for these celebrities to act as advocates for these movements and help redefine the way people think about gender.
Here’s the link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/06/18/gender-fluidity-meaning-ruby-rose-miley-cyrus_n_7612468.html