Happy Sunday! Here’s some good news: Janelle Monáe might be non-binary, Janet Mock is winning an award, Jonathan Van Ness wrote a children’s book, and more!
I am coming to believe that my body is where my knowledge of the Divine lives—even when intellectual belief in God eludes me. My body has known for years that to live it would have to change.
She’s been through too much ambiguity to be, simply, a Good Janet. Rather she is Complicated Janet. Humanity’s Champion Janet. Janet beyond the binary.
She is living her best life. I am living mine. It is as though we released each other.
“Sometimes, when we allow ourselves to open a door, to open a possibility, the weight of that possibility and that choice is damn heavy – and overwhelming.”
What Shapeshifters has done here is made binders where the point of them goes beyond the normal utilitarian point of a binder. And honestly? We deserve that!
Can you believe we haven’t talked about books with non-binary characters yet? Here are eight great ones, mostly written by non-binary authors.
“And there was Susan and Rachel at the heart of it all, dancing to the band Susan had sworn would play her wedding if she ever got married. As they laughed and moved to the music and worked up such a sweat that their jackets had to come off, I saw a glimpse of the future wedding I hope for, marrying someone I love, the two of us not fitting so strictly into the feminine.”
The classic manga and anime character reimagined as a non-binary teen growing up in New Jersey.
“She’s a tomboy,” your mother says, frustrated. “I’m sure she’ll grow out of it when she gets interested in boys.” “More dolls,” repeats Mrs. Morris. They plan to doll this little problem out of you.
“There are so many baby queers who depend on us to give them representation,” they said. “There’s so much in this world telling you to be something different and that’s so detrimental. I’d rather have kids see something and go, ‘It’s okay to be me.'”
Vida’s out non-binary actor Ser Anzoategui gave Autostraddle an one-on-one interview about the show, the importance of queer Latinx representation in front of and behind the camera, and even sang a little Selena for the heck of it. You want this!
You know when you’ve heard your best friend tell a story, even though you’ve only heard it once, you’re buzzing with energy to share it with others? Lubin’s documentary feels like that.
“It’s common to want to tell everyone about your newfound realization about your identity, so that you can feel like you’re living authentically and with integrity. But you get to do whatever feels best to you!”
If you’ve got people in your life who could use some help, Archie Bongiovanni and Tristin Jimerson have a brand new book that will explain how to use they/them and other gender neutral pronouns, and also why it’s so important.
Just like it celebrated lesbian love story with Ruby and Sapphire forming Garnet, Steven Universe is once again using a fusion to explore queer identities and, more revolutionarily, to celebrate them.
You don’t want to wear a dress but also don’t want to disappoint your family, you’re not as excited about your girlfriend as you used to be, and your girlfriend doesn’t know if she’ll still be with you next year. Get in here!
Non-binary does not mean the same thing to a single one of us. We’re all super nervous to talk about it in public, though!
Our gender is not a burden, the binary mainstream society is. You are wonderful, I’m so proud of you for reaching out. Take what works from my suggestions, and know I’ll be hoping it all turns out for the best.
Sunmi’s art has a lot of elements that you might’ve seen in paintings from the 19th century, but it never feels dated, or from a certain time. It’s expressionistic, full of feeling and gestures towards the things the artist wants you to see.