7 Questions For International Non-Binary People’s Day
WHAT IS INTERNATIONAL NON-BINARY PEOPLE’S DAY?
- International Non-Binary People’s Day is observed each year on the 14th July and aims to raise awareness of the issues faced by non-binary people around the world.
- This important day shines a light on those who identify as non-binary and celebrates the community’s diversity and gender identities.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The day was first celebrated in 2012 and was chosen for being precisely between International Men’s Day and International Women’s Day.
- This symbolises the gender identity spectrum which exists between the binary genders of male and female.
WHAT DOES NON-BINARY MEAN?
- Non-binary is an umbrella term for gender identities that are neither male nor female - identities outside the gender binary.
- Non-binary identities fall under the transgender umbrella since non-binary people typically identify with a gender different from their assigned sex at birth. However, some non-binary people do not consider themselves transgender.
- Some non-binary people prefer to use gender-neutral pronouns. The usage of the singular is most common ‘they’, ‘their’, and ‘them’. You can contact us if you would more information on personal pronouns.
WHY IS IT ESSENTIAL TO SUPPORT OUR INDUSTRY’S NON-BINARY TALENT?
- Most countries do not recognise non-binary identities as a legal gender, meaning most non-binary people still have a binary gendered passport and official identification. However, some countries do include non-binary gender options on passports: Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Denmark, Germany, India, The Netherlands and New Zealand.
- Many non-binary people face discrimination within society. The majority of reported discrimination often includes disregard, disbelief, condescending interactions, and disrespect. Even in western countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States, protections are being challenged and disavowed.
WHAT DO THE NUMBERS TELL US ABOUT NON-BINARY PEOPLE AT WORK?
- 50% of trans and non-binary employees have said that they either hide or disguise their identity at work due to the fear of discrimination.
- 31% of non-binary people have experienced hate crime because of their gender identity.
HOW MANY PEOPLE IDENTIFY AS NON-BINARY?
There is a rise in the number of people who identify as non-binary.
- 25% of LGBT+ youth identify outside of two gender binaries. The Trevor Project.
- 12% of overall millennial generation no longer see gender as male or female, fixed binaries. GLAAD Accelerating Acceptance Report.
- There will be 12–20% more non-binary people within the workplace within the next ten years. Lloyds of London & Global Butterflies Guide 2020.
WHAT CAN YOUR ORGANISATION DO TO SUPPORT NON-BINARY TALENT?
ASK these 7 questions:
- How are we developing a culture of authentic allyship?
- Do we have visible trans and non-binary industry-specific role models?
- How are we increasing awareness on trans and non-binary issues?
- How are we signalling our support to the community externally?
- Are we seeking feedback from our trans and non-binary talent?
- How are we building trans and non-binary inclusion into our technology platforms?
- How are we tracking, measuring and reviewing progress?
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