“People Are Strong When They Stand Together”: Gender and Identity

Students’ gender and sexual identity profoundly shape the daily experiences they have whether they’re at home, in school, on the streets, or on the Internet. Through no fault of their own, in a culture that vilifies those with a non-dominant identity and sexual orientation, and objectifies the body image of girls and women, they must endure catcalls and put downs, threats of sexual harassment and violence, and learn to measure their self-worth by weight and dress size.