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International Non-Binary People's Day

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International Non-Binary People's Day
Observed byNon-binary community and supporters
TypeInternational, Cultural
Date14 July
Next time14 July 2024 (2024-07-14)
First time2012
Related toParents' Day, Children's Day, International Transgender Day of Visibility, International Men's Day, International Women's Day, Non-Binary Week

International Non-Binary People's Day is observed each year on 14 July and is aimed at raising awareness and organising around the issues faced by non-binary people around the world.[1][2][3] The day was first celebrated in 2012,[4] started by Katje van Loon.[5] The date was chosen for being precisely midway between International Men's Day and International Women's Day.[6][7]

Most countries in the world do not recognize non-binary as a legal gender, meaning most self-identified non-binary people still have a passport matching their assigned sex and official identification.[6] Australia, Argentina, Bangladesh, Canada, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States include non-binary gender options on passports, and 23 US states plus Washington DC[8] allow residents to mark their gender as 'X' on their driving licence.[9]

Non-Binary Awareness Week is the week starting on the Monday[10][11] preceding International Non-Binary People's Day on 14 July. This is an LGBTQ+ awareness period dedicated to those who do not identify with the traditional gender binary,[12] i.e. those who do not exclusively identify as a man or a woman, or who may identify as both a man and a woman, or may identify outside of these categories altogether.[13]

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  1. ^ Kacala, Alexander (14 July 2019). "International Non-Binary People's Day Celebrates Gender Non-Conforming People". Newsweek. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  2. ^ Campaign, Human Rights (11 July 2019). "Breaking Binaries this International Non-Binary Day". Human Rights Campaign. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  3. ^ "International Non-Binary People's Day". Public and Commercial Services Union. Archived from the original on 2020-07-15. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  4. ^ Jake (25 February 2020). "When is International Non-Binary Day in 2020?". www.thegayuk.com. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  5. ^ "'Why I invented Non-binary Day'". BBC News. 2022-07-13. Retrieved 2022-07-14.
  6. ^ a b Mathers, Charlie (13 July 2018). "Prepare for International Non-binary Day by learning how to be a better ally". Gay Star News. Archived from the original on 2018-07-14. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  7. ^ "International Non-Binary People's Day 2020". Equality Policy Unit. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  8. ^ "X Gender Markers by State". Lambda Legal. 10 July 2021. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  9. ^ Proctor, Kate (13 July 2020). "Calls for 'X' gender option in UK passports to be raised in Commons". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  10. ^ "Non-Binary Week – Activist Bookshelf". Activist Bookshelf. Archived from the original on 2021-11-29. Retrieved 2023-01-03.
  11. ^ "Non-Binary Week — Ygender". Ygender. Archived from the original on 2022-03-05. Retrieved 2023-01-03.
  12. ^ Abby Jones. "Happy Non-Binary Week: 9 Non-Binary and Genderqueer Indie Musicians You Need to Know". Pop Dust. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  13. ^ "Non-Binary Awareness Week! (12th -18th July)". Rakshin Project. Archived from the original on 25 February 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.

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