For years I have worked as a psychotherapist, and I have found that the Male Label is associated with a greater risk of harm.
There are higher rates of suicide, substance abuse, violence, exclusion from school, incarceration and rough sleeping amongst people who have been labelled at birth as Male ("the Male Labelled")
Despite this increased risk of harm, the Male Labelled are less likely to get the help they need
If we are to address this, we need to go Beyond the Blue of the Male Label.
The Male Labelled are not simply the binary opposite of the Female Labelled.
We need to understand people beyond the convenient labels society attaches to them,
so we need to under how the Male Label intersects with -
1. A person's true gender identity
2. A person's sexuality, and
3. A person's ethnicity
I have created the following survival kits to take us Beyond the Blue of the Male Label -
1. A Survival Guide for the Male Labelled
2. A Survival Guide for family and friends of the Male Labelled
3. A Survival Guide for professionals working with the Male Labelled
The Survival Guides include -
1. Tips to help the Male Labelled develop and maintain emotional wellbeing
2. Discussions around gender identity
3. Articles about the intersection of the Male Label and other aspects of a person's identity, including
a. Their true gender identity
b. Their sexuality
c. Their ethnicity
If you have ideas about any of these Survival Guides, please do join the debate.
The more voices we add to this, the further we can go Beyond the Blue of the Male Label.
Chris Warren-Dickins LLB MA LPC
Psychotherapist, writer, educator, and LGBTQ+ advocate