The awareness day was initiated in 2012 and forms part of Non-Binary Awareness Week. Currently, there are very few countries around the world that acknowledge non-binary as a gender identity through law. And with the UK Government recently dismissing a petition with more than 130,000 signatures calling for legal recognition of non-binary being a gender identity, there is a long way to go for true recognition and equality in our country too.
In the latest post on the LGBT+ Staff Network blog, staff member David Wilson shares their story and experiences as someone who is non-binary, with a pivotal moment being during their time working at Loughborough University.
Furthermore, David discusses recent years which have seen transgender people reach a public platform like never before – with transgender celebrities such as Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox appearing on the front cover of famous publications – and both the good and the bad that has come out of increased coverage.
The work of Stonewall, of which the University is a Diversity Champion, has also asked David to be part of their latest campaign aimed at school and college pupils, to normalise the existence of non-binary people and increase visibility for our future generations.
To find out more, read David’s blog post here.