One of the main reasons people have such a hard time accepting and supporting gender non-conforming individuals is because they have no exposure to this concept nor understand the background behind what these individuals experience in our every day lives. Exposure, education, and empathy are the key parts of supporting this group. It is in our human nature to resist things that are different from what we know. Representation of all types of people is important for us and for them.

The Art of Education University states, “Having a diverse curriculum can have a profound impact on all students’ growth and development as humans and artists. Using artists from every background is a powerful approach to show how art can reflect views in society and the lives of different people and cultures.” By providing examples of trans artists in the classroom, you are not only letting those kids know that YOU are someone who believes they can exist, but you are also opening the door to other examples of people who are thriving as trans people.

THE 3 E's


It is more unlikely you can or will understand something you are unexposed to. As humans, we are designed to resist change because we are comfortable with familiarity. Exposure is important to understand non-gender conforming people because it helps to break down stereotypes, challenge biases, and increase understanding and acceptance. When people are exposed to individuals who identify as non-binary or genderqueer, they are more likely to develop a more nuanced and empathetic understanding of the diversity of human experience and identity.


Education is essential for understanding non-gender conforming people because it allows us to expand our knowledge and perspectives, challenge stereotypes and biases, and promote acceptance and inclusivity.

Many people have limited knowledge and understanding of non-gender conforming people, often due to lack of exposure or misinformation. Education provides an opportunity to learn about the diversity of gender identities and expressions, including non-binary, genderqueer, and other non-conforming identities. This knowledge helps us to better understand and appreciate the experiences and perspectives of non-gender conforming individuals and to challenge the binary gender norms that often dominate our culture.


Empathy is critical to understanding non-gender conforming people because it allows us to see the world from their perspective and appreciate the challenges they face. Non-gender conforming individuals often face discrimination, prejudice, and stigma due to their non-traditional gender identity or expression. Empathy can help us understand how this discrimination affects them on a personal level and why it is so important to create a more accepting and inclusive society.

Empathy also helps us to appreciate the diversity and complexity of human experience. Non-gender conforming people come from all walks of life, with different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. By being empathetic towards their experiences, we can appreciate the range of human identity and expression, and recognize that there is no one “right” way to be gendered.


Expose yourself! Educate yourself! Empathize with others!