Non-binary individuals are those who do not identify exclusively as male or female, they may also identify as gender-fluid, third gendered or androgynous for example, and who may express their gender identity by mixing what is traditionally considered masculine or feminine.
Many non-binary individuals identify themselves using gender neutral pronouns e.g. they/them in place of he/him, she/her and may use titles such as Mx in place of Mr, Ms, etc.
14 July is the annual celebration of International Non-Binary People’s Day and is aimed at raising awareness and organising around the issues faced by non-binary people around the world.
Several cultures around the world historically celebrate non-binary or third gender communities with others more recently introducing legal protections and recognition of such identities as was the case in Australia which introduced additional passport markers for non-binary people.
The day marks an opportunity to educate members on non-binary identities and the importance of respecting non-binary members and the use of pronouns and language to avoid unnecessarily excluding non-binary members from becoming involved in our Union.
PCS believes that all members deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their gender identity, whether in the workplace or in the wider community and supports the introduction of legal protections for non-binary persons as recommended by the Westminster Women and Equalities Committee ‘Transgender Report’.