Harvard: Gender Identity Can Change On A Daily Basis

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CAMBRIDGE — At Harvard University, students are being taught that gender identity can change from day-to-day.

So proclaims the college’s office of BGLTQ Student Life, in a flier circulated this past week. The school-sponsored guide, a copy of which was obtained by the Campus Reform website, asserts that “for many people — cis and transgender — expression, identity, and self-understanding can change from day to day.”

The university’s gender guide also notes that “sex assigned at birth and gender identity are not necessarily the same” and also makes the claim that “there are more than two sexes.”

How can there be more than just male and female? The pamphlet declares that “many factors influence ‘biological sex,’ such as internal and external genitalia, hormones, and chromosomes.”

“At least 2 percent of people are born with a combination of these characteristics do not fit into the constructed sex binary of ‘male’ and ‘female,’ and may identify as ‘intersex’,” the flier states. “Even within categories of ‘male’ and ‘female,’ every human expression of sex is in some way biologically variant from the next.”

The flier also directs students to visit the BGLTQ Student Life office’s website, where they can find a terminology guide. The alphabetical guide is used to define terms and slang such as “boi” (a person assigned female at birth who expresses or presents in a culturally/stereotypically masculine, particularly boyish, way, or, one who enjoys being perceived as a young man and intentionally identifies with being a “boy” rather than a “man”) and “brown boi” (a masculine of center person of color).

(“Masculine of center” refers to a biological female sexually attracted to members of the same sex who identifies in gender behavior (such as clothes and mannerisms) as masculine, a term which refers to the way most men behave.)

The guide also lists various common insults, such as the term “LUG,” which is apparently a derogatory term that means “lesbian until graduation.” The BGLTQ Student Life office explains that this word is “mostly used/heard by those within some women’s colleges” and is used to “portray the person as ‘selling out’ for a post-graduation life of heterosexual privilege” and thus “denies the possibility of a bisexual identity.”

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