What Being Non-Binary Means

By: Alexis Martinez

Most of you have probably heard the term Non-Binary before, but many of you may still be confused about what that entirely means. When you identify yourself as Non-Binary, it means that you don’t belong to a specific gender. You don’t necessarily fall into the category of “male” or “female”.

Many people have felt this way for a long time but didn’t exactly have a term to identify themselves as. Today as a society, we need to understand that there are more than two genders. Conservatives use the argument that people are being “snowflakes”, but they need to realize that life goes beyond man and woman. People can feel as if they don’t belong to a label, and that’s okay.

Instead of he or she, Non-Binary people go by the pronoun they. This may take a little while to get used to, but you must call someone by their preferred pronoun. One big mistake that you could make is constantly calling them by the incorrect pronoun and not correcting yourself, or making an effort to change your habits.

Please make sure to educate yourself on gender identities. These topics can be sensitive and if we take time to educate ourselves then our society will become more inclusive. It is okay to ask questions to your non-binary friends, but don’t make them feel like they’re so much different than you. Let’s get together and fight gender stereotypes!

 

Sources

http://www.transequality.org/issues/resources/understanding-non-binary-people-how-to-be-respectful-and-supportive

http://everydayfeminism.com/2017/02/things-not-to-say-non-binary-ppl/

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