How many people in the United Kingdom are nonbinary?

Part of a chart showing a grid of circles in blue, green and pink of different sizes, part of a vertical axis showing the numbers 1 and 2 is visible

This report attempts to assemble and analyse useful sources to determine how many people identify outside of the gender binary in the United Kingdom. This was in part motivated by my previous post reporting on the number of people who left the 'sex' question on the 2001 UK Census blank, having been cited as a figure… Continue reading How many people in the United Kingdom are nonbinary?

When was the Mx gender-inclusive title created?

Extract from the April 1977 issue of Single Parent magazine including the next "On second thought, maybe both sexes should be called Mx. That would solve the gender problem entirely."

A new version of the excellent Mx Evidence document establishing usage and acceptance of the Mx gender-inclusive title (equivalent to Miss, Mr or Ms) in the United Kingdom has recently been released by the Genderqueer Activist site (run by activist Cassian Lodge). This records examples of acceptance by organisations such as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA),… Continue reading When was the Mx gender-inclusive title created?

About that often misunderstood asterisk

Recently this post by Natalie Reed on the use of 'trans*' was proving controversial among many of the nonbinary and genderqueer people I follow on Twitter. I've talked about 'trans*' before, most recently when answering the Beyond The Binary panel, question 4. I personally have mixed feelings about words involving punctuation marks, especially ones that confuse… Continue reading About that often misunderstood asterisk

Lesbilicious writer asks how ‘helpful’ nonbinary gender is

In the September issue of DIVA, the "lifestyle magazine for lesbian and bi women in the UK", Meg Barker wrote a feature article 'Gender beyond the binary' (featured on the cover as 'Queering Gender') exploring nonbinary gender identities. In response to this article, Hattie Lucas wrote an article for Lesbilicious "the web's tastiest lesbian magazine" asking 'Non-binary… Continue reading Lesbilicious writer asks how ‘helpful’ nonbinary gender is

Trans Camp video responses

The UK trans* activist organisation Trans Media Action is running Trans Camp on January 13th at the offices of Channel 4. Trans Camp will bring together trans* people, developers, designers and innovators to come up with ideas to improve the lives of trans* people using web technologies and the media. In order to make sure… Continue reading Trans Camp video responses

Being Constructive About the Independent on Sunday Pink List

Last weekend the UK Independent on Sunday released their annual 'Pink List', described each year as a 'celebration of the gay and lesbian community'. It's been a tradition of mine to look through lists such as these each year and bemoan the lack of representation for the wider LGBT and queer communities. Last year's list… Continue reading Being Constructive About the Independent on Sunday Pink List

The Necker Cube: Symbol For Androgyny

The Necker Cube is an optical illusion first proposed by Swiss crystallographer Louis Albert Necker in 1832. The cube is a two dimensional line drawing that may be interpreted as a three dimensional cube in one of two orientations. The cube is often presented as a symbol of ambiguity and an illustration of the human… Continue reading The Necker Cube: Symbol For Androgyny

More ways to follow Practical Androgyny

Practical Androgyny's Tumblr page is regularly updated to highlight and add commentary to relevant posts shared by Tumblr users. Occasionally shorter original posts and links, videos and quotations from outside of Tumblr are shared. From now on all Practical Androgyny Tumblr content will also be crossposted to our Twitter feed and Facebook page, as will… Continue reading More ways to follow Practical Androgyny

How transgender organisations can demonstrate inclusivity

Some people with less common transgender identities express feelings of being made to feel excluded, erased or 'not trans enough' for general transgender spaces, organisations and even identity labels. However the organisers of these spaces intend that all transgender people should be welcome and included and do not wish to see anyone turned away. There… Continue reading How transgender organisations can demonstrate inclusivity

Pink News: Interview with genderqueer performer CN Lester

PinkNews.co.uk: Genderqueer performer CN Lester, who identifies as neither male nor female, talks to Paris Lees about sexual harassment, operatic androgyny and a mutual fear of going blind. What harassment do you face? I don’t take hormones, so the majority of people perceive me as a woman, but obviously a woman who is transgressing gender… Continue reading Pink News: Interview with genderqueer performer CN Lester