GNSW Pride Ambassador Mic Whitehouse on Non-Binary People's Day
What is Non-Binary People's Day about?
It’s about raising awareness about non-binary people. I feel it’s really cool there’s a day to recognise people like me. And to be in a community and place in the world that is accepting to celebrate that. In a world that doesn’t generally recognise non-binary people, it’s nice to have a day for us.
What do you want people to know?
Being non-binary means you don’t identify as a boy or girl, man or woman. It means you fit somewhere along the spectrum and it means something different for every non-binary person. We exist as a person who isn’t tied down to labels or expectations of either gender.If someone is non-binary, what does that mean for who they are attracted to?
It doesn’t have anything to do with sexuality. Gender and sexuality are two separate things and it’s different for every person.
How have your pronouns changed?
I am they/them. I still struggle with being referred to as a woman and people using the incorrect pronouns for me. All we need to do is slightly alter the language when talking to and about someone who is non-binary.
How do you feel when someone refers to you by your chosen pronouns?
It is really nice when people make the effort – even when people slip up and correct themselves, it means people are trying and that means a lot. It’s a way of telling someone you accept them for who they are without saying it.
How does your identity intersect with the gymnastics world?
It was hard being in the rhythmic world towards the end, because in Australia that’s a female only sport. But as a coach now it doesn’t really come into play, it doesn’t affect myself or anyone I coach in the gym. In fact, because I am open about it, it creates a safe environment for people to ask questions and gain knowledge.
How do you feel about being a GNSW Pride Ambassador?
It’s really wonderful that we are opening up this conversation for young LGBTQI+ athletes. We have a long way to go and this is a good step in the right direction.
International Non-Binary People’s Day is observed each year on July 14. Non-binary, also known as genderqueer, is a spectrum of gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine — identities that are outside the gender binary.
Source | ACON