Gender was very recently an inflexible concept.
Less than 10 years ago, editors were encouraging reporters to use the pronoun “he” or “she” when referring to one person, never “they.” At the time, many saw he and she as the only singular pronouns in the English language.
But our understanding is changing. Last year, for example, Merriam-Webster designated “they” as the word of the year. Because many people don’t necessarily relate with strictly feminine or masculine identities.
Indeed, the dictionary was acknowledging something that folks like Stephanie Brill have known for years. She is a leading expert and author on gender diversity. Ahead of her talk, 6 p.m. February 27 at Teton County Library, she told us what gender diversity means and why she’s focused her life’s work on raising awareness about the issues facing gender diverse young people.