non·​bi·​na·​ry | \ˌnän-ˈbī-nə-rē, -ˌner-ē, -ˌne-rē\

Definition of nonbinary 

: not binary: such as

a : not restricted to two things or parts nonbinary voting

b : of, relating to, or being a system of numbers that does not use 2 as its base nonbinary math

c : relating to or being a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely male nor entirely female … an effort to create more equality for nonbinary and transgender students across campus.— Phoebe Roe … many people with nonbinary genders use "they" and "their" pronouns …— Lucy Brisbane

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Until the world stops erasing/oppressing/murdering us, trans women play trans women, trans men play trans men, nonbinary people play NB people. Nina Metz,, "Why trans actors should be cast in trans roles," 12 July 2018 With the school board vote, Fairfax had become the latest battleground over recognition of transgender and nonbinary students in the nation’s schools. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "In Fairfax, a lesson on why words matter, especially in sexual health class," 23 June 2018 Diplo knows his history, and in honor of the many gay and nonbinary artists who have inspired him, worked with him, and continue to blow him away, he's crafted a Pride Month playlist. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Diplo Shares Playlist of LGBTQ Musicians for Pride Month: Listen," 19 June 2018 Smart Bar launched its annual Daphne festival in 2015 to spotlight on women, female-identifying, and nonbinary electronic musicians in a scene where they're often marginalized or overlooked. Jamie Ludwig, Chicago Reader, "Dance / Music The Daphne festival elevates women and nonbinary DJs," 1 Mar. 2018 Alex Kapitan, 34, who identifies as nonbinary, had no idea what to expect at his first audition. Zoë Madonna,, "Boston Gay Men’s Chorus carries a hopeful tune to South Africa," 31 May 2018 According to a data report from Pitchfork, only 14 percent of acts slated for upcoming festivals are female, with an additional 12 percent of acts showcasing mixed gender or gender-nonbinary talent. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Kim Petras, Icona Pop, Keri Hilson & More Join Female-Led L.A. Pride 2018 Lineup," 4 Apr. 2018 Fifty-nine percent were female, 40 percent were male, and 1 percent were nonbinary. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "Did Cambridge Analytica Actually Change Facebook Users’ Behavior?," 7 June 2018 Officially called Anti-Prom, the event began in 2015 as a nonbinary party in downtown New York City. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Is What a Nonbinary Anti-Prom Party Looks Like," 29 May 2018

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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