Non-Binary Activism

Bergman, S. Bear and Barker, Meg-John (2017). Non-Binary Activism. In: Richards, Christina; Bouman, Walter Pierre and Barker, Meg-John eds. Genderqueer and Non-Binary Genders. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 31–51.




This chapter introduces the burgeoning non-binary gender movement. Meg-John Barker writes the first half of the chapter, which is a summary of non-binary activism with a particular focus on the UK as an illustrative example of the kind of work that is happening in this area. Meg-John begins by charting some of the history of the non-binary movement, and overviews the areas which have been focal points for activism so far. They also set out some of the main forms of activism which are currently taking place in the UK context, and look to what the future might hold. Meg-John then passes over to Canada-based trans activist S. Bear Bergman who is more familiar with the US and Canadian context. Bear provides a personal reflection on experiences of activism around non-binary identity, in relation to language in particular. This is an important area of focus given the binary gender nature of the English language (and many others), and the commonality of linguistic misgendering and microaggressions in the everyday lives of many non-binary people.

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