Pride at its original core has never been about white, cis-gender gay men. A quick look at queer history reminds us that it has frequently been the more marginalized, POC, trans, and non-binary folks that have spoke out the loudest and stood on the frontlines. Before that, though, let’s do a quick lesson about some non-binary gender identities, in case you need a refresher.
Genderfluid refers to someone who does not identify with any fixed gender, as in it can change whenever, however they want. Agender refers to someone who does not identify with any gender, ever. Genderqueer refers to someone who doesn’t believe in conventional gender distinctions and identifies with neither male nor female, both, or a combination of male and female genders. Gender neutral refers to someone who doesn’t feel that either male or female suit them. Finally, non-binary refers is the catchall for gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine. It can be easy to get mixed up so be sure to ask and do your research, because when it comes to gender the worst thing you can do is make assumptions.
Note: For safe and inclusive measure I’ll be referring to everyone as “they.”
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