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Pandemic lockdowns gave young people freedom to explore gender identities

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The challenge: recreate an album cover.

People often told Theresa Yonash they resembled Bob Dylan, so they put together an ensemble to recreate Dylan’s “Hard Rain” album cover to compete against other college students around the U.S. in a social media game show called “The Game: Hurricane.”

Yonash used makeup to sculpt a “more masculine-appearing face” and facial hair. When they drew a mustache above their lip to complete the Dylan look, something clicked. 

Yonash, 20, who uses “she” or “they” pronouns, always enjoyed dressing in androgynous clothes. They didn’t mind whether someone called them “sir” or “ma’am.” 

But during the pandemic, the time they could spend alone with their thoughts allowed them the space to further interrogate their gender identity. 

Theresa Yonash, 20, found a community on social media to talk through discoveries they made about their gender identity during the pandemic.

“I’ve had a lot of time to think of so many elements of my life, of society (and) it felt like womanhood was something I needed to move on from,” said Yonash, who lives in a small town in Wisconsin. “I was starting to really feel like this was something I could finally embrace without feeling like I needed to fit in the binary mold.”



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