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International Non-binary People's Day

International Non-binary People's Day

14 July is International Non-binary People’s Day.

The day was first celebrated in 2012 on a date that was chosen for being precisely between International Men's Day and International Women's Day. 

Who can be non-binary? Response: anyone who does not identify with a binary gender. There are many kinds of non-binary genders… We recognise gender is a spectrum.

Today is an important day to bring attention to the lives and experiences of non-binary people.  Non-binary and trans people are some of the members of the LGBTQ+ community most at risk of being the target of victimisation and discrimination.

There has been some progress towards the recognition of equal rights for non-binary people. Some of the positive steps are highlighted below, but there is still a lot to be done.

In September 2020, a landmark ruling confirmed that non-binary people are protected by the U.K Equality Act.  In June 2021, New-York lawmakers passed a bill allowing gender neutral ‘X’ option in government documents. And The United States said it would add a third gender option on US passport for those who do not identify as male or female.

As an individual or as an employer, what can you do to support non-binary people? Here are some useful points published by Stonewall in the article 10 ways to step up as an ally to non-binary people.

Happy Non-Binary Day!

We respect and support all genders!