gender identity

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year in 2019 was a simple four letter word: “they.”

The reason for the choice, according to the dictionary publisher, is that the pronoun – which for hundreds of years was used as a gender-neutral singular pronoun – no longer fills just that role, and has been increasingly used to refer to a person whose gender identity is nonbinary.

It's a pivotal time for LGBTQ people in the workplace. Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in cases testing whether people in that community are protected by the country's workplace anti-discrimination laws.

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WLRN interns spent some time this summer looking at how the idea of gender is changing in South Florida. This story is part of their project.

Teenagers often spend their afternoons at the West Palm Beach Police Athletic League playing sports, watching movies and using computers.

But on one Monday afternoon in July, a group of middle and high school boys did something different. They participated in a discussion about rape and how not to objectify women.

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WLRN interns spent some time this summer looking at how the idea of gender is changing in South Florida. This story is part of their project.

At a journal-making workshop in early August, a group of 20 people gathered around tables at the Miami Workers Center in Liberty City. They talked loudly while folding paper, cutting fabric and gluing cardboard together to create a hardcover journal from scratch.

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WLRN interns spent some time this summer looking at how the idea of gender is changing in South Florida. This story is part of their project.

Comedian Jannelys Santos has been performing improv sketches with The Villain Theater since the collective started in 2015. She describes herself as feminine and aggressive, wanting to express her sexuality onstage.