The Struggles of Rejecting the Gender Binary Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature Not everyone identifies as male or female. This is what it’s like to be nonbinary in a world that wants to box you in. Salem, a nonbinary 20-year-old in North Carolina. Credit Credit Jessica Dimmock for The New York Times Supported by ByDaniel Bergner June 4, 2019 ‘Why didn’t you wear makeup today?’ Jan Tate asked her client during a therapy session in May of last year. “I didn’t feel the need to.” “Would today be the day to begin using Salem instead of Hannah?” There was a long pause and a hushed reply: “Yeah. But it would hurt a lot worse to start asking people to call me Salem and have them not do it than not to ask them.” Tate is a psychotherapist at the Carolina Partners clinic in Durham, N.C. She specializes in clients who are pushing against the bounds of gender. Salem is 20 and was, in the phrase Salem prefers, assigned male at birth, with a more clearly masculine name — that it is a “deadname” is all Salem will say about it. Salem uses gender-neutral they/them pronouns. They’d… Read full this story
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