Not This Nor That: DIVA Magazine, The Equality Act 2010 and Misrepresentation

The top of the April 2015 issue of DIVA magazine, showing the red title, the very tops of 2 heads and the text 'Melissa Etheridge 'Before I came out, nobody was out"

Hello to new readers who have found this site through the article 'Not This Nor That' on page 43 of this month's DIVA magazine (April 2015). This was an important article drawing attention to the lack of legal recognition and protection for nonbinary people in the United Kingdom, and highlighting the important work of activists… Continue reading Not This Nor That: DIVA Magazine, The Equality Act 2010 and Misrepresentation

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?

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

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