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Supporting the Nonbinary Community: What We Need to Know

July 22, 2022



Did you know that the nonbinary community is growing among the youth? According to a recent study, as many as 1.7% of people identify as nonbinary. This means that there are more and more people who don't fit into the traditional gender binary every day. Let's explore what you should know about the nonbinary community.

First and foremost, it is important to use the proper pronouns when referring to someone who is nonbinary- never assume! They may use he/him/his, she/her/hers, they/them/theirs, or any other combination of pronouns. It is always best to ask what someone's preferred pronouns are before assuming. Using the wrong pronouns can be very hurtful and invalidating.

Another thing to keep in mind is that not all nonbinary people identify as transgender. In fact, many nonbinary people do not experience gender dysphoria, or the discomfort and unease that comes from having a body and/or social role that does not match their internal sense of self. For some, their nonbinary identity is simply a way of life that feels natural and right.

The nonbinary community is often overlooked and underrepresented. This is especially true in the fashion industry, which has long been divided into "women's" and "men's" sections. However, more and more brands are starting to become inclusive of the nonbinary community by offering gender-neutral clothing options. For example, popular retailer Zara recently launched a gender-neutral clothing line called "Ungendered." This is a great step in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go.

The medical industry is another area where the nonbinary community is often neglected. For example, many hospitals still use gendered language when referring to patients, such as "he" or "she." This can be very confusing and frustrating for nonbinary people, who may not identify with either gender.

There are many ways to support the nonbinary community. One way is to simply be an ally. This means being an advocate for nonbinary rights and using your privilege to help those who don't have as much. You can also donate to organizations like ours that support the nonbinary community. However you choose to support, know your alliship makes a difference.

If you want to learn more about the nonbinary community, there are many great resources out there. One of the best ways to learn is from the experiences of others. We will be posting more personal stories and articles here. Stay tuned. And remember, the most important thing is to be respectful and open-minded.  

We hope this blog post has given you some insight into the nonbinary community. Remember, supporting the nonbinary community is important work that benefits us all. By increasing understanding and acceptance, we can make the world a better place for everyone.

Written By: 

Kollyn Conrad




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