What's They?

What is Non-Binary?

Most people – including most transgender people – identify as male or female. But some people don't neatly fit into the categories of "man" or "woman," or “male” or “female.” Some people have a gender that blends elements of being a man or a woman, or a gender that is different than either male or female. Some people don't identify with any gender. For others, gender changes over time.

Those whose gender is not male or female use many different terms to describe themselves, with non-binary being one of the most common. Other terms include genderqueer, agender, bigender, two-spirit and more.

Some societies – like our Western Society – tend to recognize just two genders, male and female. The idea that there are only two genders is sometimes called a “gender binary,” binary meaning “of two things” (gender: male or female). “Non-binary” or "ENBY" (the phoenetic spelling of "NB" (NON-BINARY) is the term people use to describe genders that don’t fall into one of these two categories, male or female.

NO BIGGIE. Non-binary people are nothing new. Non-binary people aren’t confused about their gender identity or following a new fad – non-binary identities have been recognized for millennia by cultures and societies around the world, including ancient Egyptians. 

Why Legalize They

Let's normalize the use of the "other" pronoun shall we? Where most people don't bat an eye at the use of binary pronouns (she/hers, him/his), Non-binary folk are used to hearing phrases like "it's just so hard, it doesn't make grammatical sense."

Well folks, its a lexicon. We're always adding. Normalizing use of the the pronoun makes a WORLD of difference to your gender non-conforming fam. It is not just validating but healing. Creating opportunities for education, awareness, and community is why we're doing this. And while, we understand that They/Them/Theirs is by no means representative of all pronouns that our community uses, we hope offer product options for more visibility, representation, and create more opportunities for education and alllyship, all while supporting more amazing organizations!    

 

Helpful Resources:

Using They as a Singular Pronoun

 

Understanding Non-Binary

 

How to Be an Ally for Non-Binary People 

 

The Importance of Gender Affirming Care