Sloth Mom 🦥 @CaseyExplosion Internet sloth, and gigantic nerd. Avatar by @skutchdraws banner by @LiquidAzalea. She/her. Streaming Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sun at: Nov. 02, 2019 1 min read

Stop acting as if nonbinary is some weird new thing that only just popped into existence, when some of the trailblazers; my trans elders, were out there ripping up the gender binary decades before YouTube or Twitter existed. Genderqueer, nonbinary, it's always been a part of us.

"Gender is the poetry each of us makes out of the language we are taught." - Leslie Feinberg

Please, go read "Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest Of Us" by Kate Bornstein.

Call it nonbinary, call it genderqueer, those trans people who didn't fit, or didn't feel comfortable, within a rigid male/female dichotomy? They have been with us all along.

They were activists, fighting for acceptance and understanding, authors writing foundational works in queer theory and expanding our collective understanding of what gender is. To claim otherwise is the erasure of our fiercest warriors and our most erudite poets and scholars.

And listen, I'm not the kind of person to "pull rank" generally, but as far as millennials go I'm old. I'm old enough to remember the fall of the Berlin wall. Anyone telling you the prevailing attitude of "older" trans people is the rejection of nonbinary identities is wrong.

Neither, for that matter, is the position of transmedicalism the prevailing attitude of 30+ trans folks. I started my transition back in 2010, the "oldschool" way with a diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder, and let me tell you, we all knew it was bullpucky then too.

Take stock of your own prejudices.

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