FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

WHAT IS NONBINARY?

Nonbinary (adj.) refers to people who identify between or beyond the gender binary of man-woman. Nonbinary is an umbrella term for identities such as genderqueer, agenda, gender fluid, and much more. Nonbinary is not the same as intersex as it refers to gender not sex. About 35% of transgender people are nonbinary.

WHAT IS INTERSEX?

Intersex (adj.) refers to people who do not fit into the traditional sex binary of male-female. Intersex is an umbrella term for differences in sex traits or anatomy. There are many possible variations in genitalia, hormones, internal anatomy or chromosomes. Intersex people make up 1.7% of the population, as common as red hair.

DOES NONBINARY OR INTERSEX LOOK ONE WAY?

No. There is no one way to be or look nonbinary or intersex! Every person has a unique experience and may use their own terms and definitions to identify and express themself. If you are nonbinary or intersex, you do not need to be androgynous. You are valid no matter how you present or express yourself in this world!

WHY LEGAL RECOGNITION?

In the US and around the world, nonbinary and intersex people are "othered" and forced into strict binaries of man-woman and male-female. This erases an entire community and negates the fact that sex and gender are not strict binaries. Legal recognition allows for nonbinary and intersex people to be seen and respected. 

WHAT DOES "X" MEAN ON IDS?

X is a nonbinary (third) option for M and F on state IDs, birth certificates, and passports. This allows nonbinary and intersex people to self-identify and be legally recognized by goverment agencies, organizations, schools, and more. Several states across the US now offer X as an option on state IDs and birth certificates,

WHY BAN INTERSEX SURGERIES?

Many doctors and parents around the world have stigma of intersex bodies. As a result, intersex infants are frequently subjected to unnecessary medical interventions that often cause shame and chronic pain for life. We believe that each intersex person deserves respect and autonomy over their own body.

WHAT ARE PRONOUNS?

Pronouns are the words or terms used instead of a person's name. If someone's pronouns are she/her, you would say "I know her. She is my friend." Many (but not all) nonbinary people use pronouns beyond he/him or she/her. This can include they/them, a singular gender neutral pronoun: "I know them. They are my friend."

WHAT CAN I USE INSTEAD OF MR. OR MS.?

The term Mx is growing in popularity by nonbinary people around the world. It is a gender neutral title pronounced as either "mix" or "em-ex." Not every nonbinary person uses Mx as a title, so just like with pronouns, it's important to ask rather than assign. Mx has become so popular that in 2017 Merriam Webster added it! 

HOW CAN I BECOME A VOLUNTEER?

Great question! NIRP is always seeking passionate and dedicated volunteers from all over the world. Our volunteers typically dedicate 2-5 hours per week and support with various duties. Please email volunteer@intersexrecognition.org for more info.

HOW ELSE CAN I SUPPORT?

We always welcome donations to support our work in creating a more gender-ful world. Additionally, we encourage you to donate to Black-led LGBTQIA+ organizations across the US. Please click here for a list of organizations to consider donating to as well!

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