People with nonbinary genders have not had their social, cultural, or legal rights respected in many societies. There are currently very few resources for people who advocate for nonbinary rights.
This site is dedicated to compiling a list of basic rights that nonbinary people need in order to be able to fully participate in society.
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RECOGNITION AND DIGNITY
Laws and cultural traditions often do not recognize the existence of nonbinary people, leading to nonbinary people not being able to fully participate in society.
— Legal recognition: Passports, identification documents, and all other legal documents and services such as census forms and parental/family leave, must include nonbinary people, either by allowing a nonbinary gender option or (preferably) removing gender consideration altogether. Several countries such as India and Canada issue passports with an "X" gender to represent people with genders other than female or male, and many other identification documents allow "X" gender options, including many USA states and cities.
— Social recognition: Nonbinary people have the right to be socially included and not misgendered. Binary gendered language, such as "ladies and gentlemen", "sir" and "ma'am", "ms." and "mr.", and "he or she", all exclude and often misgender nonbinary people. There is no need to discriminate to only include people with binary genders in social customs. The English language makes it very easy to remove this language from usage.
— Legal protections: Nonbinary people have the right to exist without being targeted by discrimination and hate. Laws and social protections need to be enacted to protect nonbinary people. This includes non-discrimination laws, removing binary gender segregation, affirmative action towards inclusion, and the banning of harmful practices, such as gender conversion therapy, trans panic defenses, and nonconsensual intersex surgeries.
Public accommodations are often unwelcoming, uncomfortable, and unsafe for nonbinary people, as they often allow full access only to women and men.
— Restrooms: Nonbinary people have the right to use public restrooms as easily as people of other genders. Gendered bathrooms are unwelcoming and unsafe for many of us! There are recently-passed laws in California, Seattle, Chicago, and other places that require all single-person restrooms to allow people of all genders. This is a great start, but there should always be all-gender restrooms available, including when there are multi-person restrooms. Many businesses have started voluntarily opening all-gender multi-person restrooms without incident. Societies such as Sweden have had many all-gender multi-person restrooms for decades without incident. It is time to end gender-segregated restrooms.
— Housing: Nonbinary people have the right to equal access to temporary and permanent housing. Establishments that do not respect this right include some hostels, which today often only offer "women's" and "men's" rooms, and more permanent housing such as shared housing and dormitories, which often are restricted to one gender.
— Gender-segregated services: Nonbinary people have the right to equal access to services. There is no need to continue segregated services by gender, either by offering services to only one gender, or by offering different pricing for women and men only. This is easily accommodated. For example, instead of offering "women's" and "men's" haircuts at different prices, many salons and barbers offer different prices by hair length.
Nonbinary people face discrimination in many healthcare settings, and many healthcare workers are not competent in nonbinary people's health needs.
See: Providing Affirmative Care for Patients with Non-binary Gender Identities (National LGBT Health Education Center)
— Gender discrimination: Nonbinary people have the right to healthcare free from gender discrimination. This means that healthcare should not be restricted to issues of "women's health" or "men's health", and health guidelines should not be separated by women vs. men. If there are different health diagnostics or treatments due to hormones, weight, height, body composition, or anatomy, they should be differentiated by these relevant factors and not by someone's gender. Healthcare practices that currently exclude nonbinary people, such as giving blood, should be eliminated.
— Healthcare dignity: Nonbinary people have the right to be treated with dignity and affirmation. Healthcare systems and workers must use people's correct gender, name, and honorifics when addressing them. Healthcare workers should not use binary gendered language when referring to anatomy or body functions. Healthcare should focus on health issues regardless of a person's gender. For example, "people with uteruses", "people who menstruate", "testosterone-dominant people".
— Nonbinary trans health: Nonbinary trans people have the right to gender-affirming health care. Some health care needs may be similar to binary trans women and trans men, but there is additional competence needed for nonbinary people, as the goal may not be a medical transition to female or male. Informed consent is a highly-respected approach to trans healthcare, including nonbinary trans healthcare.
School is often an unwelcoming and traumatizing experience for many nonbinary people, due to lack of school accommodation and harassment from staff and peers.
— Anti-bullying: Nonbinary people have the right to exist without fear of bullying, harassment, and assault. This is a very serious issue that leads to mental health issues, disability, and death for many nonbinary people. School policies, staff and student training, and laws must be enacted to protect nonbinary students and staff.
— Gender segregation: Nonbinary students and staff have the right to participate in schooling without being excluded or misgendered due to binary gender segregation. This means activities segregated by binary gender (eg, girls only, boys only, or girls vs boys) should never be allowed. This includes schoolwork (eg, sex ed), physical education and sports, and extracurricular activities such as theater. This also includes the removal of binary gender-prescribed school uniforms and dress codes.
— Inclusion in school curriculum: Nonbinary students have the right to be included and represented in school curriculum. This means that nonbinary people should be represented in biology, sex ed, history, and social studies curriculums, as some examples.
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