Non-Binary Awareness Week is dedicated to those who do not fit within the traditional gender binary. Non-binary identities are varied and can include people who identify with some aspects of binary identities, while others reject them entirely. Non-binary people can feel that their gender identity and gender experience involves being both a man and a woman, or that it is fluid, in between, or completely outside of that binary.
International Non-Binary People's Day is observed each year on 14th July (this Wednesday!) and is aimed at raising awareness and organising around the issues faced by non-binary people around the world. The day was first celebrated in 2012 - and it takes place on this day because it’s precisely midpoint from International Women’s Day and International Men’s Day.
So how can you be more inclusive?
- The simplest way to respect someone’s identity is to ask what their pronouns are, and use them.
- Our language and the way we speak is often embedded with hidden gendered cues. Perhaps you could introduce yourself with your name and pronoun, and put your pronouns in your email signature and social media profiles.
- You can also aim to use more gender neutral language in your day-to-day life, for example, use ‘they’ if you don’t know somebody’s preferred pronouns, and try to use inclusive language in writing that avoids implying only two genders.