What's the story? Exploring online narratives of non-binary gender identities

Tracey Yeadon-Lee

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Currently, people with non-binary gender identities-those who identify as either both genders or neither-are gaining more social visibility, suggesting that changes in social understandings of gender are now underway. Facebook, for example, has recently introduced a range of non-binary gender options for user profile pages; indeterminate and "third gender" identities are now legally recognised in a number of countries, including Australia, Germany, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, New Zealand, and Thailand; and the term "cisgender," which refers to those whose self-identity matches the gender and biological sex assigned to them at birth, has now entered the Oxford English Dictionary. Typical spaces where personal narratives concerning non-binary gender identities are generated and shared are Internet blogs and online discussion forums. However, as yet these narratives have not been explored and non-binary gender identities remain largely under researched within the social sciences. This paper begins to address this gap through the presentation of some initial research findings from a qualitative study of online non-binary gender identity narratives. It explores some key themes within and across the narratives of younger and older generation non-binary people produced within a sample of blogs and forums, and draws out their implications for the development of further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-34
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


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