Sunday, July 7, 2013

Humanizing Genderqueer 9: CRJ

Humanizing Genderqueer: Lived experiences of non-binary people.

Gender Wins: Recall a happy memory of when you felt most comfortable in your gender or most accepted as your gender by those around you.

When someone asked me what pronoun I prefer in an offline context. It has happened only once. But it meant the world to me.

Gender Struggles: Tell about a time when circumstances would not allow, or you had to make sacrifices, to remain true to your gender.

I pretty much have to present as a cisman for fear of economic retribution and fear of social isolation. I struggle daily with this, and one day it might be a day too far and I might forgo my fears.

Humanist Involvement: Suggest something the humanist community could do to make a positive impact on your personal quality of life.

One of the most fundamental changes is to accept that gender is a spectrum and not a binary, and to promote this view. This goes beyond pronouns - it is about transforming the outlook towards gender in general. At a more direct level, support for legal and/or institutional measures that mitigate or even eliminate binary requirements on gender - everything from forms that only accept two responses for gender, to bathrooms rights.

How You Identify (optional): Name, age, gender, location, ethnicity, anything you deem relevant.

crj, 35, gq, nyc, pr

Survey results shared with permission.

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