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Category Archives: Non-binary / Gender

Non-binary refers to people whose gender identity is not exclusively male/man or female/woman. It includes herms, androgynes, two-spirit, genderqueer, genderfluid, agender, bigender, intergender, neutrois, and other people who do not identify within the male/female binary. We note that interex people have the same range of gender identities as non-intersex people, which means that some of us have nonbinary gender identities which match our bodies. This page is for issues/events concerning all non-binary people, because we recognize that people with non-binary gender identities share similar experiences and perspectives, whether intersex or not, and thus work in coalition with other non-binary communities.

Help For Struggling Youth

Help For Struggling Youth

 
 
 
In light of the tragic fatal shooting last weekend of non-binary intersex college student Scout Schultz, we encourage anyone who knows a youth who is struggling to make them aware that they can reach out for free to the following organizations, which offer 24 hour mental health/suicide prevention counseling:

The Trevor Project (for LGBTQ+ youth): http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/get-help-now
 
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
 
According to a 2010 survey published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, about 20 percent of U.S. youth are affected by some type of mental disorder to an extent that they have difficulty functioning. In addition, studies have also shown that this risk is even greater for youth who are members of the LGTQIA community. Please protect vulnerable intersex youth by giving them access to these resources and others.
 
Further information and resources about suicide prevention are available at: http://www.sptsusa.org/about-us/.
 

 

Suffering College Students Shouldn’t Be Shot Dead: R.I.P. Scout Schultz

Suffering College Students Shouldn’t Be Shot Dead: R.I.P. Scout Schultz

    From our founding director.   As reported on Facebook early this week, we are extremely saddened by the fatal shooting of college student Scout Shultz, who passed away late Saturday night, September 17th, from shots fired by campus police at Georgia Tech.   Schultz was an intersex and non-binary engineering student who used… Continue Reading

Assoc Dir Zzyym Speaks Out About Their Landmark Non-binary Lawsuit on ABC News!

Assoc Dir Zzyym Speaks Out About Their Landmark Non-binary Lawsuit on ABC News!

    Intersex Campaign for Equality’s Dana Zzyym is interviewed on ABC News regarding their landmark lawsuit against the U.S. State Department for a passport with a non-binary gender designation. Go Dana! We are proud to have assisted in this case, and to call Dana our Associate Director. We are also deeply grateful to them,… Continue Reading

Fight for Non-Binary Passport Continues!

Fight for Non-Binary Passport Continues!

    As reported in a press release yesterday, Lambda Legal has filed a motion to reopen the case of Dana Zzyym, our Associate Director, for non-binary gender recognition on their passport. Zzyym, who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them/theirs pronouns, is the first non-binary American to sue for the right to accurate federal gender… Continue Reading

NYC Issues Second Intersex Birth Certificate!

NYC Issues Second Intersex Birth Certificate!

    New York City has issued its second intersex birth certificate, and the second known in the nation, to our E.D. Hida Viloria, and we are thrilled to see a government body once again acknowledging that sex comes in three categories: male, female and intersex! This is fantastic news given the medical industrial complex’s… Continue Reading

Oregon becomes first state to offer non-binary driver’s licenses!

Oregon becomes first state to offer non-binary driver’s licenses!

As reported in Time, Oregon has become the first state to offer a non-binary gender option on driver’s licenses. Effective July 1st, residents will be able to select an “X”, representing “not specified”, instead of an M or F as their gender—with no doctor’s verification needed! According to reports, those speaking in favor of adding… Continue Reading

Intersex Memoir Praised in The New York Times, Washington Post & More!

Intersex Memoir Praised in The New York Times, Washington Post & More!

  “[A] poignant and powerful story.” – The Washington Post “Viloria does us the even greater service (it’s more of a gift, really) of showing us what it means to live not just as both a man and a woman but also as a third gender that eventually emerges as the right one.” — The… Continue Reading

California Bill Pushes for Non-Binary Option on Driver’s Licenses!

  We are so happy to share this news, as reported by Buzzfeed, about California Bill SB 179, which aims to allow California residents to choose a non-binary gender on their driver’s licenses. We are also immensely grateful to intersex activist Sara Kelly Keenan for initiating non-binary gender recognition in California, and to non-binary youth… Continue Reading

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