The transgender/nonbinary flag in blue, pink, white, pink, blue stripes.

Happy Non-Binary Day!

Yep! Today is a day dedicated to people like me, whose gender is either not fixed, can vary depending on circumstances, or, in cases like mine, is a concept that wandered far enough away that it might as well be in another universe entirely.  (And, frankly, they’re welcome to it.)  Another term for it can be ‘Genderqueer,’ but like most names not every chooses to go by it. (Like me.)

I am… pretty terrible at explaining it – unsurprising, given I usually just refer to myself as a potato rather than any particular gender – so here’s Wikipedia with a fairly on-the-nose (for once) summary.

Non-binary (also spelled nonbinary) or genderqueer is a spectrum of gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine‍—‌identities that are outside the gender binary.[1][2] Non-binary identities can fall under the transgender umbrella, since many non-binary people identify with a gender that is different from their assigned sex.[3] Another term for non-binary is enby (from the abbreviation NB).[4]

Non-binary people may identify as having two or more genders (being bigender or trigender);[5][6] having no gender (agender, nongendered, genderless, genderfree or neutrois); moving between genders or having a fluctuating gender identity (genderfluid);[7] being third gender or other-gendered (a category that includes those who do not place a name to their gender).[8]

Gender identity is separate from sexual or romantic orientation,[9] and non-binary people have a variety of sexual orientations, just as cisgender people do.[10]

Non-binary gender identities are not associated with a specific gender expression, such as androgyny. Non-binary people as a group have a wide variety of gender expressions, and some may reject gender “identities” altogether.[11] Some non-binary people are medically treated for gender dysphoria with surgery or hormones, as trans men and women are.

In my case I’m transmasc (because brain) non-binary (because potato); when forced to think about how I look, I tend to see myself as a grey figure with no defining gender characteristics.  Real life occasionally comes as a shock, but that’s why they invented hoodies.  (What do you mean, no it isn’t?)

We are also what the white line in the transgender flag stands for.

Other non-binary authors I follow include:

There are so many talented writers and artists who’re also nonbinary.  You can find more people on the #IAmNonbinary hashtag on Twitter!

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