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Let's make 2018 the year the non-binary community is embraced

Genderqueer Darren Mew demands things get better for non-binary people after a year from hell

Let's make 2018 the year the non-binary community is embraced
Darren Mew | Photo: whatdarrensaid Twitter

Let’s start with a reminder.

Gender and sex are two different things. Sex being chromosomes and anatomy, while gender is how you think and feel.

There has been a lot of negativity in the press about non-binary people the past year.

Piers Morgan constantly bashed and criticized non-binary on Good Morning Britain and his social media.

While snow was falling across the UK, Morgan took the opportunity to made a snide remark at the non-binary community.

The presenter tweeted: ‘Right I’m off to build a non-binary gender fluid snowperson.

Non-binary people are told daily there are only two genders, the pronouns they use are wrong and that their identity is not valid.

A 2015 survey by Scottish Trans Alliance found that 84% of non-binary people felt that their gender identity wasn’t valid.

Eight in ten feel isolated or excluded while two-thirds have poor mental health.

Transgender activist Nikki Hayden commented on the unfair amount of hatred. She says: ‘Over the last few months the media has relentlessly taken aim at the trans and non-binary communities like never before.

‘It has come to the point where it appears the government has delayed a consultation on issues faced by the community until next year due to the issue being “divisive.”‘

Fox & Owl

Fox and their partner Owl have just finished a feature length documentary called I Am They.

They plan to tour it around film festivals with a release at the end of 2018.

Owl is very passionate about helping their non-binary community.

They want to show people by showing them that ‘being open about your gender identity and who you are is not only liberating and vital for your own well-being, but it also increases our visibility and place in society.’

They added: ‘Seeing people being themselves opens doors for other people and the more people living out and proud and unapologetically as who they are helps moves things forward.’

Social media has had an enormous impact on the LGBT+ and non-binary communities.

The likes of Twitter has made it easier to communicate for non-binary people to talk to others who understand their issues.

The creation of Digital Pride has evened allowed anyone from anywhere to get involved with Pride.

Owl understands their privilege of being able to be open and express their gender identity.

Unfortunately, many are in circumstances where they can’t.

Owl says: ‘It’s so important that those of us who do have the opportunity to be out speak up and give a voice to those who don’t have it. We need to use our privilege to create space for others who aren’t in the same position.’

#BeyondTheBinary

National Student Pride is exploring the topic of non-binary in their completely non-cis panel this year.

Their #BeyondTheBinary panel will educate and explore what it means to be a non-binary person.

Charlie Mathers is in her second year of volunteering with National Student Pride. She is now Senior Press Officer.

She explains: ‘More and more students are feeling comfortable enough to be as open about their gender as they are their sexuality. And it’s so important to encourage and enable that.

‘We’re so excited about hosted an entirely non-cis panel – There’s no other way you could have it really! It’s time the media gave all non-binary, trans, genderqueer people the representation and respect they deserve.’

Exploring and questioning gender identity can be confusing and difficult to deal with.

The sheer amount of bigotry out there makes this all the more difficult.

It is time to stand up in solidarity with non-binary people. They need to be shown they are valid and valued in society.

Follow Darren on social media: @WhatDarrenSaid

Read more by Darren on Gay Star News:

Why wearing makeup is my way of putting a finger up to gender roles

 


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