Let’s start out simple. Where do I see myself within the gender binary?
Explaining it to others sometimes seems like an exercise in futility, because I often don’t fully understand it myself.
Society is a very binary place. And sometimes, no matter how often I try to assert that I do not fit within that, my voice gets erased. The choice, given over and over again, in a hundred different ways to all non-binary people out there, it to squeeze themselves into one of two genders that it not theirs.
A Venn diagram to visualise how I see myself it terms of broader identity labels. While non-binary (in this case the more colloquial term “enby”) is something I fully identify as, it is not the full picture. There is a component of masculine gender, though I still would not say that I can identify with all aspects of being male. The representation is not solid, because there is still a degree of vagueness and fluidity to how I see myself.
Sometimes it’s a bit of a mess. While labels are really helpful, sometimes the ones that are factually more accurate are not the ones that feel right to describe yourself, and sometimes you don’t even know where to start.
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Nathan’s a final year Creative Writing student at Bath Spa, where they are the LGBTQ+ Liberation Representative within the Students’ Union and run the LGBTQ+ Society. They moved to the UK from Greece a few years ago and have clearly been consumed with a never-ending obsession with all things queer ever since. That, and cats.