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CN Lester’s “Beyond The Binary” Panel

Earlier this year CN Lester gathered a panel of activists with experiences of gender that don’t fit the rigid binary of female and male, and asked the readers of their blog to pose them questions.

What resulted was a set of 24 blog posts, answering a wide range of questions about gender beyond the binary.

Read the biographies of each of the panelists here, and read the answers to each of the questions using the links below:

  1. How would you define sex and gender from a genderqueer/non-binary/neutrois/etc perspective? How do they intersect and/or conflict?
  2. What is the difference between genderqueer and genderfluid?
  3. What do you think about the term “non-binary” and why?
 Do we have a better term?
  4. How do you view NB identities in terms of trans*? Starting with your own?
  5. Do you know of any social spaces where people aren’t instantly assumed to be men or women?

  6. A discussion of femme and genderqueer identities/intersections
  7. How long do you think until we get official recognition?
  8. Is it time to get NB people into media such as soaps and video games?
  9. What about bathrooms?
  10. How does your sexuality relate to your gender?
  11. Do genderfluid people worry about accusations of appropriation?
  12. Objectification/attraction to androgynous people
  13. How do the panel feel about the way gender is defined within feminism, and how can we make the movement stronger?
  14. How were you able to decipher your identity?
  15. What are good terms for NB/GQ who experience sexual attraction to only one gender, for example, people’s who sexualities would be described as “gay” or “straight” in binary IDed people?

  16. How important do you think space (physical, emotional etc.) to experiment is in the development and expression of non-binary gender identities?

  17. Pronouns that match the gender you were assigned at birth?
  18. How much difference does having a genderqueer gender identity make to people’s experiences of cisprivilege and transphobia? How does this differ from e.g. being visibly non gender conforming?
  19. Pronouns and assumptions 

  20. How would you go about defining yourself, in terms of gender or lack thereof, to a wider group?
  21. Can you get your passport changed to reflect genders other than F or M?
  22. How does dysphoria interact with other body image issues? How do you manage it?
  23. How do you feel about ‘Mx’?
  24. How about recognition of other genders across different cultures/times? And who are your personal heroes?

CN previously ran a similar panel with more of a focus on binary trans issues which includes several questions and answers that are relevant to a nonbinary audience.