H.L. “Lou” Himes, PsyD
Gender is a complex aspect of human development and identity, which forms in concert with, but independently from biological sex and sexuality. Yet, gender is often equated with biological sex and/or reduced to a simple rigid, binary construct which imposes separate, distinct sets of norms on those deemed men or women. More and more, with the help of good theory and the patience of our clients, mental health professionals are beginning to understand the true complexities of gender, the distinct developmental processes inherent in gender identity development, and the detrimental effects experienced by those whose experiences of gender do not fit neatly into an overly simplified gender-construct.