Symptoms of Being Human Characters

Jeff Garvin
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Riley Cavanaugh/Alix

Riley Cavanaugh is a gender fluid teen. Riley is the main character and narrator of this novel. Riley is the only child of Congressman Cavanaugh and his wife.

Because Riley’s sexual orientation fluctuates between the feminine and masculine, the author is careful not to reveal what sex Riley was at birth. For this reason Riley is referred to by the gender neutral pronouns "they" or "their" when references are made to Riley. It is important that the reader relate to Riley as a person, not as a boy or a girl.

Riley is six when they first realize their father thinks there is something unusual about their interest in toys specific for both genders. It is not until Riley is 15 that they learn that there is a term to describe the way they relate to gender. It is shortly after Riley makes this realization about...

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