This podcast looks at issues relating to being LGBTQ and gender identity – it particularly highlights the importance of raising awareness to help others and to get people talking more about this topic, share knowledge and to provide solidarity.
Alex talks here with Becky and Amy who share their experiences and discuss what improvements need to be made so that people respect individuals’ LGBQT identities and value them for who they are. To be judged by the way you look can cause much distress to an individual. Becky talks about gender dysphoria, which describes a sense of unease that a person may have because of a mismatch between their biological sex and their gender identity. This sense of unease or dissatisfaction can be so intense it can lead to depression and anxiety and have a harmful impact on daily life. Another problem faced is gender incongruence, which refers to an individual's discontent with their assigned gender and the identification with a gender other than that of their birth sex. The dysphoria relates to the distress and unease experienced.