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resources for the non-binary community

The non-binary umbrella describes those whose gender identity falls outside of the traditional gender binary. 



Non-binary doesn’t describe a single gender identity, but instead a vast range of identities that that don’t fit in to the binary of male or female.

Some non-binary people identify as being trans, and some do not.

the non-binary umbrella covers many different identities, including, but not limited to:

  • Agender – a term used by those who identify as having no definable gender or gender identity.
  • Bigender – a term used to describe those who have two distinct gender identities that are either simultaneous or fluctuate.
  • Genderqueer – a term used by those who do not follow binary gender norms.
  • Genderfluid – a term used by people who desire to remain flexible with their gender identity rather than committing to a single definition.
  • Two-Spirit – a term used to describe third-gender or gender-variant people from Indigenous communities.

key-dates for the non-binary community in the 21st Century:


  • In 2009, India began to allow voters outside the gender binary to register their gender as ‘other’ on ballots submitted to the Election Commission.


  • In 2010, the US state of Arkansas enacted a policy allowing gender on drivers’ licenses and state ID cards to be changed to M, F, or X with “no questions asked, no documentation required”.


  • In 2011, Australia began to let people mark their gender as “X” on birth certificates and passports.
  • It was also in this year that Bangladesh began to offer “other” as a gender option on passports.


  • On 14th July 2012, the first annual International Non-Binary People’s Day was celebrated.


  • The non-binary pride flag was created by Kye Rowan in February 2014.
  • In 2014, Facebook began to let users to choose from 50 gender options.


  • In 2015, Nepal began to allow X gender passports.
  • Also in this year, included the non-binary terms ‘agender’, ‘bigender’ and ‘gender-fluid’ to their site.


  • In 2017, Malta began to offer “X” gender markers on passports and other official documents.


  • In Washington D.C, USA, public schools began to offer “non-binary” as a gender option on school enrolment forms.


  • Trans and non-binary people were included in the English and Welsh census for the first time in 2021. This census found that 0.2% of people identified as trans and 0.06 identified as non-binary.