non·​bi·​na·​ry | \ ˌnän-ˈbī-nə-rē How to pronounce nonbinary (audio) , -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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Luar is also someone who could relate to me on a deeply personal level as someone who is also nonbinary and who experiences race- and gender-based discrimination in some settings. Jesi Taylor Cruz, SELF, "As a Pregnant Black Non-Binary Femme, Finding the Right Doula Changed My Life," 8 Aug. 2019 This event is open to all women and nonbinary people. Max Jungreis,, "Business agenda," 12 Aug. 2019 Rising rap star and sickening RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Aja is serious about changing the game for nonbinary identity in the hypermasculine hip-hop community. Joey Nolfi,, "RuPaul's Drag Race alum Aja sizzles in fierce 'Mama Chola' music video," 30 Aug. 2019 Hirsi is the founder of Dark Moon Poetry & Arts, a monthly series spotlighting works of art by women and nonbinary people of color in North Texas. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "Three Dallas poets plan reading at Deep Vellum, as publisher sends their latest works to press," 8 Aug. 2019 Some progressive synagogues and Jewish communities are holding nonbinary mitzvahs. Hayley Krischer, New York Times, "Beyond Androgyny: Nonbinary Teenage Fashion," 14 Aug. 2019 My goal was to find a nonbinary doula of color to support me. Jesi Taylor Cruz, SELF, "As a Pregnant Black Non-Binary Femme, Finding the Right Doula Changed My Life," 8 Aug. 2019 The hero, with flowing locks, shapely legs, and high heels, appears nonbinary. Cate Mcquaid,, "MFA takes visitors to ‘delectable’ fantasy worlds with two new exhibitions," 8 Aug. 2019 The all-volunteer staff at Miami Girls Rock Camp uses music and performance to promote creative expression and self-esteem for girls and nonbinary youth. Ben Crandell,, "Weekend preview: Luke Bryan, dancing in lingerie, tossing watermelons, ’80s date night in Pompano," 31 July 2019

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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