Last month we asked TAers how they felt about non-binary expressions of gender. One of the favorite RadFem (TERF) memes they like to propagate is that trans folk are the embodiment of the patriarchy since because their lived experience proves that they only value the gender binary.
Are the TERFs right?
We asked TA readers the following:
Do you feel that non-binary gender identifications are valid?
Of the 148 of you who gave your opinion, the vast majority – 126 or 85% of you – asserted that non-binary gender identifications were in fact valid. Fourteen (9%) of you are apparently nuts and long to live in a Leave it to Beaver world and 8 of you (5%) didn’t know how you felt about this question.
Thanks everyone for being a good sport and participating!
Cristan Williams is a trans historian and pioneer in addressing the practical needs of underserved communities. She started the first trans homeless shelter in Texas and co-founded the first federally funded housing-first homeless program, pioneered affordable health care for trans people in the Houston area, won the right for trans people to change their gender on Texas ID prior to surgery, started numerous trans social service programs and founded the Transgender Center as well as the Transgender Archives. She has published short stories, academic chapters and papers, and numerous articles for both print and digital magazines. She received numerous awards for her advocacy and has presented at universities throughout the nation, served on several governmental committees and CBO boards, is the Editor of the TransAdvocate, and is a founding board member of the Transgender Foundation of America and the Bee Busy Wellness Center.