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New website, LGBT Consortium and more!

New website and branding.

The first thing we’d like to announce is our shiny new website! We’ve completely redesigned our website to allow easier access to news about what we’re doing. You can visit the new website at nonbinary.co.uk.

Along with the new website, we’ve also got a shiny new logo.

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If you read our statement, “Right to Recognition: Leaving Nobody Behind“, you may have already seen this logo, but if not, don’t worry! It’s right on the top of our new website, and you’ll start seeing it out and about on our Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr accounts very soon.

LGBT Consortium.

The Nonbinary Inclusion Project has joined LGBT Consortium, which provides us with opportunities to work and liaise with other LGBT organisations in the UK, along with access to a wide variety resources to help us to do what we do best – fight for nonbinary inclusion and recognition in the UK. Within LGBT Consortium, we’ll also be joining the Trans Organisations Network, which is a network within LGBT Consortium formed solely of trans-specific organisations, where we hope to help by representing nonbinary people and offering the nonbinary perspective to other organisations in the sector.

Other news.

  • We will be working with a new campaign, launching in a few weeks, to help ensure that the Gender Recognition Act, Equality Act and other legislation involving gender includes and protects nonbinary people. Look out for news about this coming soon!
  • We’re now able to accept donations for our work via PayPal. Should you wish to donate, you can do so here. We’ll soon also be offering the option to donate via bank transfer! The work we do costs money, so we appreciate anything you may be able to spare to help us keep doing what we’re doing!
  • This also marks the reinstatement of the Nonbinary Inclusion Project’s monthly newsletter, which you can subscribe to on our new website.

That’s it for now, but there’ll be more on all of this coming soon!

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Right to Recognition: Leaving Nobody Behind, a response to the #TransInquiry report.

The Women and Equalities Committee has undertaken an inquiry into equality for transgender people. The consultation process for this involved seeking written and oral evidence from the public, to help form the direction of the report, which makes recommendations about furthering equality for transgender and nonbinary people.

The report can be viewed as archived by UK Trans Info and further information and media can be tracked on Twitter by following the #TransInquiry hashtag.

We have prepared a breakdown of the report from the perspective of the aims of the Nonbinary Inclusion Project, with detailed discussion of how best to support nonbinary people through this process, as well as analysis of several other issues that could effectively leave others (including but not limited to nonbinary people) behind.

You can view our statement here.

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Elections: Christie Elan-Cane asks about X gendered passports in PinkNews Debate

PinkNews livestreamed a debate to YouTube yesterday, where Christie Elan-Cane asked about the various parties committment to providing X-gender passports to non-gendered people (and by extension, nonbinary people).

Short summary of responses:

  • Natalie Bennett (Green Party Leader): A motion has passed regarding this, and they see it as an important issue.
  • Peter Whittle (UKIP Candidate for Eltham, resp. for Cultural Policy): He didn’t know enough about it to be able to give an answer.
  • Dan Foster (LibDem Chief Whip): “A straight yes.”
  • Yvette Cooper (Labour Shadow Home Sec.): They’re looking at this as part of a bigger review surrounding trans issues, but are unable to give a direct answer at this time.
  • Baroness Tina Stowell (Conservative Peer): This is important and they’ll look at it, but they can’t make any kind of comittment at this time.

Video available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b2L6nZl3uo&feature=youtu.be&t=1h14m37s

Transcript available (by Nat Titman from Practical Androgyny): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1itUyxU6G085mFiwABxXk6OVKm7cjEAwHGbmwAfKTn5c/edit#heading=h.mtth17cd2tee

(Posted by Kat)

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Stonewall’s Nonbinary Consultation

In addition to attending the intersex consultation with Stonewall at the weekend, I also attended the nonbinary one. This one was a lot more populated, with (I believe) around 14 attendees, plus Ruth Hunt (Stonewall’s CEO) of course. There was representation there from a variety of organisations, including FTM London, BI UK, Beyond the Binary and others – as well myself on behalf of the Nonbinary Inclusion Project.

The meeting was largely about what issues nonbinary people tend to face, what changes we hope to see, and how Stonewall might be able to fit in with helping us with that. While I won’t be going into too much detail about the specific issues nonbinary people face (because that can easily be found elsewhere), there was a lot of discussion surrounding issues accessing GIC care for nonbinary people, and surrounding the Gender Recognition Act’s failures to recognise nonbinary people (and the panel’s attitude of invalidating us directly if we bother to try applying). This also extended into discussions surrounding X-gender passports/birth certificates. (These were also discussed at the intersex meeting, but in a very different tone, interestingly.)

Ruth spent a lot of time discussing the options for including trans people in the activism at Stonewall, and talking about whether or not Stonewall should be an LGBT organisation. It sounds like, at the moment (although she did point out that this is subject to considerable change yet, and that’s nothing’s firm), Ruth is leaning towards creating a “trans division” within Stonewall to work with the trans community on the issues surrounding them. This division would be headed up by a “director of trans” who would answer directly to Ruth herself, and who would be responsible for not only directing Stonewall’s work with the trans community, but also cooperating with existing trans and nonbinary organisations, and meeting with individual trans people who want to advise them on the issues. One of my personal points on this topic was making it clear that Stonewall very much needed to work with trans organisations of all sizes, because working with only the most vocal organisations would only serve to drown out the quieter and smaller ones – particularly those on the fringes of representation within the trans community, many of whom are doing excellent work.

Ruth discussed that Stonewall’s general approach to dealing with gender and sexuality is to get people familiar with the basics first, and then open them up to the wide variety of diversity within the topics as they continue to work with Stonewall. This was met by the nonbinary community with some concern of risk, especially for the nonbinary community, because it’s not unimaginable that you’d end up with some people who feel they are ‘experts’ after a single training session, and who proceed to teach this incomplete knowledge as gospel to anyone they encounter. There were ways around this discussed, and Ruth seemed to suggest that Stonewall could be considering a three-tiered “certification”-type programme for partners or similar. The first level would cover the basics, the second would go into a lot more detail, and she supposed that by the third, organisations would be ready to engage other trans-specific organisations (such as Gendered Intelligence) to really expand their sphere of knowledge.

My main concern from both the meetings I attended is one that I’ve already touched on briefly. Stonewall is not a huge organisation, and has a finite amount of resources. In order to get involved with the trans & nonbinary communities, they are going to be required to work with other trans organisations, and it is going to be a challenge for them to make sure they are working with and representing the entire community, and not just the most vocal, most funded and most populous organisations. I really hope they’re up to the challenge.

(Written & posted by Kat, originally posted at b0red of b1nary.)

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Adopt a company competition

This competition is only open to nonbinary people and people with other gender identities except man or woman.

It’s time we started doing the main aim of the project and asking companies to make changes to their forms for nonbinary inclusion. And because we already have so much experience & creativity in our community, we’d like to see what you can come up with. And because activism should be as fun as possible and occasionally hilarious, we’ve turned it into a competition.

Your challenge:

Set up a campaign on your own blog/tumblr/website/etc which aims to persuade a company to make a change for nonbinary inclusion. For example, you could ask for nonbinary title options or more inclusive language. You can adopt a company from our list of requests or choose your own.

We’re looking for fun, creative ideas that will persuade rather than alienate the places we want to change. You can write them a letter, set up a petition or do something more creative – maybe you want to make a cartoon or a video, organise a twitter storm or send a postcard.

First prize:

A pair of knitted handwarmers as seen here – now choose your own colours  ; A gendrr t-shirt ; A £10 etsy voucher

Second prize:

A £10 etsy voucher; a pair of knitted handwarmers (the ones in the top picture)

We’d also love for people to donate prizes so we can add to this list.

Closing date: 10th August 2014.

To enter:

1) Make your campaign

2) Contact us with a link to your campaign and how we can get in touch with you if you win.

3) Also tell us if we can share your campaign to direct more people to it, and if you have any actions you want adding to the list – and if you do have actions are they open to binary-gendered supporters or not?

Good luck :)

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