Trans Awareness Week is about more than just the amazing trans people we’ve been showing off. There’re so many people out there who don’t identify with gender norms, so without further ado here’s 10 Non-Binary (and more) people you might not know about!
1 - Amandla Stenberg
Known for their role as Rue in The Hunger Games, Amandla Stenberg is an American actress, writer and singer. Stenberg identifies as non-binary and uses both 'they' and 'she' pronouns.
Dazed named Stenberg "one of the most incendiary voices of her generation" when it featured her on its Autumn 2015 cover. She was named "Feminist of the Year" in 2015 by the Ms. Foundation for Women. You can catch Amandla in the 2018 adaptation of The Hate U Give!
2 - Asia Kate Dillon
Another actor Asia Kate is known for their roles as Brandy Epps in Orange Is the New Black and Taylor Mason from Billions. In Billions Dillon is said to be the first non-binary actor to play a non-binary character on TV.
In 2017 Dillion wrote an open letter to the Emmy awards about the gendered categories for best male and best female actor, stating they did not fit into either. This prompted MTV to combine awards in the MTV Film and TV awards, into gender neutral categories. The broadcaster went on to ask Dillion to present the award for best actor.
3 - Angel Haze
Angel Haze is an American rapper and singer, identifying as a pansexual agender person, using the pronoun 'they’. In an interview they said "I'm glad there's an actual woman of colour representing queerness and pansexuality, someone who is like me in the spotlight."
In 2015, They began working on a body image project titled "The Naked Eye," which publishes nude photographs along-side interviews of people with body dysmorphia. The project is aimed at creating a conversation about conventional and mainstream beauty standards.
4- Janae Kroc
Janae Marie Kroczaleski is a professional powerlifter and competitive bodybuilder. In July 2015, Kroc came out as transgender and gender fluid. They served in the United States Marine Corps from 1991 to 1995 and was selected for Presidential Security duty serving under President Bill Clinton.
They set the male world record in the 220 lb. weight class with 2,551 lbs (composed of 738 pound bench press, 810 pound deadlift and 1003 pound back squat). They were mentioned on the cover of Muscle and Fitness magazine, this was the longest story published to date in the magazine and the first to feature a transgender or Genderfluid athlete. In December, Janae's was the first featured among the top 63 most powerful comings-out of 2015.
5 – Alok Vaid-Menon
Alok Vaid-Menon is a gender non-conforming performance artist, poet, and LGBT+ activist. They co-created Dark Matter, a trans South Asian performance art duo, with Janani Balasubramanian.
They have been featured on HBO, MTV, The Guardian, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The New Yorker and have presented their work at 350 venues in more than 40 countries. In 2017 they released FEMME IN PUBLIC, a book of poems regarding queer experiences.
Vaid-Menon is the youngest recipient of the Live Works Performance Act Award
6 - Ruby Rose
The Australian model and actress is best known for achieving global attention for her role in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. Rose is genderfluid, preferring to use feminine she/her pronouns. As well as acting she now campaigns for anti-bullying and youth mental health and works as an ambassador for Headspace.
During her acting career Rose has won, GLAAD, Glamour, GQ and ASTRA awards. She was also nominated for both British and Australian LGBT Awards. Rose is set to appear as Batwoman in the upcoming ‘Arrowverse’ crossover on the CW channel. Her role is set to be the first openly lesbian lead superhero in television.
7 - Gopi Shankar Madurai
Founder of Srishti Madurai, Student Volunteer Collective (the first genderqueer & LGBTQIA student volunteer group), Shankar an Indian equal rights, LGBT rights and Indigenous rights activist. They organised Asia's first Genderqueer Pride Parade at Madurai and introduced LGBTQIA courses to schools and universities curriculums. Shankar was the first openly intersex and genderqueer, candidates to contest in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election, 2016. They were awarded The Commonwealth Nations Youth Worker Award, and the HCR Queen's Young Leader Award
8 - Rebecca Sugar
known for creating the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe, Sugar is an American animator, director, screenwriter, producer, and songwriter. She identifies as a bisexual non-binary woman, using she/her and they/them pronouns. Steven Universe has been critically acclaimed for it’s LGBT+ inclusion, being the first children’s TV show to feature a lesbian proposal and wedding.
In 2012, Forbes magazine included her on the "30 Under 30 in Entertainment" list. Variety included Sugar in "Hollywood’s New Leaders 2016: The Creatives", a list celebrating upcoming filmmakers, show-runners and creators in both traditional and digital media.
9 - Parinya Charoenphol (Nong Toom)
Nong Toom is a Thai boxer, Muay Thai champion, model and actress. She identifies as a kathoey, a type of third gender in Thailand.
In February 1998, after a victory in Bangkok's Lumpini Boxing Stadium, the Thai media were ‘intrigued by the novelty’ of a make-up wearing 16-year-old kathoey, defeating and then kissing a larger, more muscular opponent. Muay Thai had been in a slump at the time, Nong Toom revitalised both media and public interest in the sport.
Her story was made into the 2003 film Beautiful Boxer, winning several national and international awards. She also featured as part of the National Geographic documentary Hidden Genders (2003).
10 - We'wha
We'wha was a member of the New Mexico Zuni tribe who interacted heavily with anthropologists, and in 1886 met President Grover Cleveland. They were a Ihamana, or "Two-spirit," a Zuni gender designation separate from the male/female binary. We'wha was an accomplished artist and followed the strict religious protocols that went with making Zuni pottery, their work would later be displayed in the National Museum in Washington DC.
If you’re interested in learning more about people like those above, come down to the HUBs and see the amazing posters we’ve made profiling Transgender and Non-Binary figures! Or come along to our Gender Identi-tea party on Friday the 16th: www.facebook.com/events/194421431471150/
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