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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Airlines for America and the International Air Transport Association—recently adopted a new standard to accommodate people with nonbinary gender identification. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Airline Bookings to Offer New Gender Options," 16 Feb. 2019 Vote for your trans, intersex, and nonbinary friends. Vogue, "Teddy Quinlivan: Why I’m Standing Up Against Trump’s Anti-Trans Agenda," 26 Oct. 2018 Gucci stole the show with the presentation of their Chime for Change short film, The Future is Fluid; filmmaker Jade Jackman tracked several trans and nonbinary figures around the world, assembling vignettes of diverse voices. David Graver, Vogue, "Weekend One at Sundance: All the Celebrities Who Celebrated the Festival’s Daring Roster," 29 Jan. 2019 Meanwhile, history is already looking back on those 20 years of missed opportunities for women and nonbinary musicians at Coachella. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Is Only the Fourth Woman Ever to Headline Coachella," 3 Jan. 2019 Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker, a co-founder of the New York Transgender Advocacy Group, said at the bill signing that the move will bring dignity to gender nonconforming and nonbinary people. Katie Honan, WSJ, "People Can Now Choose Male, Female or X on NYC Birth Certificates," 9 Oct. 2018 For members of these groups, beauty standards have long been merciless, but for many trans and nonbinary people, conforming to society’s aesthetic expectations often feels impossible. Ludmila Leiva, Allure, "Meet Fluide, the Makeup Brand That Believes in the Power of Inclusion — Not Tokenism," 10 Sep. 2018 The internet is a place where nonbinary people can learn about mixing masculine and feminine elements to the point of obscuring concrete identification as either. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A majority of Americans don’t think social networks are good for the world," 21 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of nonbinary

1863, in the meaning defined above

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