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: