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International Non-Binary People's Day

Date(s)
14/07/2021
Description
non-binary-awareness
International Non-Binary People’s Day is observed each year on 14 July and is aimed at raising awareness and organising around the issues faced by non-binary people around the world. First celebrated in 2012, the date was chosen for being precisely between International Men’s Day and International Women’s Day.

Non-binary is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity doesn’t sit comfortably with ‘man’ or ‘woman’. Non-binary identities are varied and can include people who identify with some aspects of binary identities, while others reject them entirely.

There are many ways to be inclusive of everyone, regardless of their gender identity. Our language and the way we speak is often embedded with hidden gendered cues. For example, you can introduce yourself with your name and pronoun, and put your pronouns in your email signature and social media profiles. You can also aim to use more gender neutral language in your day-to-day life: use ‘they’ if you don’t know somebody’s preferred pronouns, and try to use inclusive language in writing that avoids implying only two genders.

To find out more about supporting non-binary people at work and beyond, visit websites such as https://www.stonewall.org.uk/about-us/news/10-ways-step-ally-non-binary-people and https://transequality.org/issues/resources/understanding-non-binary-people-how-to-be-respectful-and-supportive.