Gender is everywhere. When you visit a public restroom, fill out a registration form, get a new haircut, enter a clothes store, or step on your bicycle. Yet between the stereotypical male and female, a whole range of identities, expressions and sexualities can be found.
In society, we like to categorize people as either male or female, but what if you don't feel at home with your assigned gender? Most people have a penis or vagina, but your gender identity can be different from the biological sex you were born with. If you identify as male, you may still want to dress more femininely. And all of that says nothing about your sexual and romantic preferences.
Expressions of gender and sexuality that go beyond male and female are not new, but they’re increasingly moving from the margins to the mainstream. These developments are often met with resistance. Transgender individuals, for example, belong to one of the most stigmatized groups in society. In this lecture, psychologist Mark Hommes will not only discuss the major role gender plays in our lives, but he will in particular illustrate how people are affected when they don't fit into the usual boxes.
Dr. Mark Hommes is an associate professor in the department of Clinical Psychology at the Open University. His research focuses on (self)stigma, coping and well-being among transgender people and their families.
From 15 November until 13 December, you can visit the exhibition ‘Transgender in the Netherlands: an extraordinary history’ in the Atlas building, ground floor on the TU/e campus.
Ticket reservation recommended
To be assured of a seat, we recommend reserving a ticket (black "order" button).
SG & USE registration
Please register your participation on the spot when attending the program, by scanning your student card before the start of the program at the venue.
More information about SG & USE can be found here.