Redefining Gender

Lynn Johnson’s photographs, shot on assignment for National Geographic’s “Gender Revolution” issue, explore gender identity through the lens of science and culture. Her sensitivity and respect for each individual who shared their story allows us to understand the spectrum of gender identity in a more personal way.

Featuring: Lynn Johnson

Presented by

National Geographic

Curated by

Todd James, Senior Photo Editor

A child is born. It’s a boy! It’s a girl! Not so fast! In this series, you will meet young people who defy our gender assumptions. While society may promote the gender binary, nature is more varied.

Gender identity is not a choice but a natural path based on many factors—genetics, hormones, environment and culture. Intolerance has consequences, including self-harm and suicide attempts (52% higher than among cisgender teens), which can be traced to condemnation, discrimination and bullying in all areas of family and societal life.

This story, which appeared in National Geographic’s “Gender Revolution” issue, was an opportunity to meet people from the United States, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Samoa, who had the courage to make themselves visible. Please consider their lives. Perhaps someday, courage will not be necessary to simply be one’s self.

ARTIST BIO

Lynn Johnson’s photographs, shot on assignment for National Geographic’s “Gender Revolution” issue, explore gender identity through the lens of science and culture. Her sensitivity and respect for each individual who shared their story allows us to understand the spectrum of gender identity in a more personal way.

ORGANIZATION BIO

Established in 1888, National Geographic is a trusted print and digital publication offering stories that illuminate, inspire, and reveal. Our mission is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultures, the sciences, and the natural world. We advance that mission by creating visually stunning, richly reported photojournalism and distinguished, impartial coverage of the globe’s most pressing issues. National Geographic publishes in 33 languages, reaching print subscribers in 75 countries. It has the largest social media following of any magazine, and its digital and social media serve more than 350 million monthly viewers around the world.

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