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Non-Binary GendersNavigating Communities, Identities, and Healthcare$
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Ben Vincent

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447351917

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447351917.001.0001

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(p.197) Conclusion
Non-Binary Genders

Ben Vincent

Policy Press

The conclusion considers what systemic improvements may be made to queer communities and medical provisions, to allow the heterogeneity of non-binary identifying people to feel legitimised in their identities, and have equal access and experience of services. One of the most fundamental recommendations for medical practice that can be made is inspired by those communities that non-binary people expressed affinity with, such as bisexual and kink communities. Such spaces were sensitive and reflexive to gender plurality, and tended to construct language and space to be more fully inclusive. Gendered assumptions rooted in cisnormativity should be challenged within medical practice. Practices in gendered medicine may be similarly adjusted at the administrative level to improve preventative health screening for trans individuals. Much of this may be attained initially through the provision of training to both medical students and existent medical staff and administrators. This is followed by a critical reflection on gender affirming medical services, whereby the impact of a shift to an informed-consent focused model is considered. In order to optimise such recommendations, the limitations of this study and future necessary directions of enquiry are then addressed. This includes final methodological reflections and intersectional factors – such as the limited classed and racial diversity of the participants.

Keywords:   Queer, Cisgender, Non-binary genders, Transgender, Gender, LBTQ, Trans, Health policy, Trans Health, Medicine, Plurality, Intersection

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