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Watch: Non-Binary Models and Activists Talk Gender Norms

Watch: Non-Binary Models and Activists Talk Gender Norms


Models Rain Dove, Maria José, and author Kate Bornstein discuss redefining gender identity with Allure magazine

Three non-cisgender models and activists, Rain Dove, Maria Jose, and Kate Bornstein, opened up to Allure about their personal stories.

Rain Dove and Maria Jose are both non-binary models. "I'm not transgender because gender doesn't exist in my book," Dove says in the video. "I'm not transexual because I love the body I have. My state of being is just unique."

Dove also addresses the use of pronouns for non-binary people. "For me, a pronoun is a sound, and what I'm listening for in that sound is respect," the model says. "You can call me 'it', I don't care, as long as what you're trying to say is something respectful."

Jose identitfies a "queer, gender non-conforming, trans-feminine person." In the video, Jose explains why trans people still face stigma and violent threats:

"We [trans people] are still not part of the traditional narrative of what life is," Jose says. "You would never expect to bring a trans person to your household, to introduce them to your parents. I think that's part of the violence, really. We need to be seen as people."

Bornstein, a trans author, activist, and Out contributor, identifies as a "nonbinary, trans-feminine, BDSM, diesel dyke, and tranny." In her interview, she asks our society to "do away with enforcing gender."

Raw and powerful, their commentary on gender identity is a must-watch. Take a look below:

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