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There is hope for the non-binary community

There is hope for the non-binary community

I came out as non-binary a year ago.

Though the progression is slow, the world is coming around when it comes to understanding identities beyond the binary.

More people are coming out as non binary. More people are becoming understanding of non binary identities.

The non-binary community is full of wonderful people and it is growing.

As the world becomes more open-minded and understanding, more people are feeling comfortable and confident saying that this is who they are!

I feel that we have a strong community because each of us understands what it feels like to be told we don’t exist or that we’re ‘making it up’.

I have only ever received love from other non-binary people and we will all always stand up for each other.

That is possibly my favourite thing about this community – our willingness to speak up for each other and the way we support each other.

Spencer | Photo: Instagram @spencerrfreitas

‘This isn’t a new community or identity. We’ve always been here.’

Non-binary identities aren’t understood currently because people have a fear of the unknown. These people don’t have a lot of education on our identities.

Binary people also don’t know that we have existed for just as long as they have.

Only in recent years has the world started to be slightly more accommodating for us so we are only just starting to feel as though we can come out and be ourselves!

This isn’t a new community or identity. We’ve always been here.

My dream for the future of this community is for us to be accepted and for they/them pronouns to be as widely used and accepted as binary pronouns.

I’d like a world where no one has to defend their identity or go to any great lengths to prove that they are ‘real’.

I want everyone to be able to live their lives authentically.

All the diversity in our vast community should not just be tolerated, but accepted and celebrated.

We do have a long way to go.

But, I have faith in our allies and others in the LGBTQA+ community to continue to support us and let our voices be heard because we are real, valid and not going anywhere.

I can’t change, or choose to be different. No LGBTQA+ person can.

I hope that 2019 brings more understanding and people become less afraid of the unknown. I wish people will start to see the beauty in more identities and all the forms that they come in.

Stonewall 50 Voices

Gay Star News is commemorating 2019 as the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Riots. Our Stonewall 50 Voices series will bring you 50 guest writers from all around the world, with a focus on the diversity of our global LGBTI community. They will be discussing the past, present and future of our struggle for love and liberation.

Spencer Freitas is an LGBT YouTuber. They are a gay and non-binary person. You can find Spencer on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.

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