You might have heard a few things about non-binary people and identities – let’s break down some of those myths you may have heard!
Myth 1: Non-binary people have only been about recently
While it’s true that Gen Z and Millenials identify openly as non-binary at higher rates in many surveys, like all intersections of the LGBT+ community, they have always been there, even if the language for them hasn’t!
The first legal recognition of a non-binary person in the US was in 2016, but many cultures and communities have long recognised gender outside of a strict binary. The Navajo people have an additional gender category called the NadleehI
in Samoan culture there are Fa’afafines and Fa’afatamas, the Metis in Nepal, the Sekrata in Madagascar, and so many more!
Yes, some of the western terminology is more recent, but that’s just us finding out the right language to describe how people have always felt.
Myth 2: They/Them pronouns are not grammatically correct
Now, we’ve sure heard this one before, and it’s not the case. Think of when you’re referring to someone whose gender identity you don’t know, you would automatically call them ‘they.’
In any case, language is there to be shaped and to evolve to suit society’s changing needs.
Myth 3: Non-binary means someone is bisexual
Sexuality and gender identity are two very different things. Sexuality is linked to whom you are (or aren’t) attracted to, and under the conditions you have that attraction. Gender identity is tied to how you feel about yourself.
Non-binary people have a range of sexualities, just like everyone else