I once read that being LGBT makes you inherently gender non conforming in a way -- Because of how severely it disrupts cis- and heteronormative ideas of gender. And after thinking about it, I agree. No, it's not the same as a man wearing make-up or a woman with short hair. It's on an entirely different level.
There's countless YA novels about dystopian societies wherein every person must fit a mold and those who are outside that mold are met with punishment. What I hadn't realized for long is that our society is not that dissimilar to that -- But instead of one mold, it's two. Two genders, one of which everyone gets assigned at birth based on something as arbitrary as physical characteristics. And from there on, we are expected to stick to these these molds regardless of our actual identity, and perform them "correctly"
The biggest focus of gender as conceptualized in society, is to divide between man and woman, to pretend they are like two separate species each with their own innate patterns of behavior (even though these behaviors come about through socialization), which supposedly play into each other (in an unbalanced, misogynistic dynamic) so that man and woman shall eventually procreate and begin the cycle of cisheteronormativity anew by imposing it on their child.
LGBT people are not taken into account by this system at all, and when they're acknowledged it's through mockery, disgust or other kinds of rejection. So we inherently perceive our sexualities differently (even straight trans people) and inherently perceive our genders differently (even cis LGB people) than cishet men and women do.
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