14 July 2021

Celebrating International Non-Binary People’s Day

PCS marks International Non-Binary People’s Day and affirms our commitment to non-binary equality.

First held in 2012, 14 July is International Non-Binary People’s Day, taking place exactly halfway between International Women’s Day (March 8) and International Men’s Day (November 19).

Non-binary is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity sits outside the traditional binary of male and female. For some this might be considered as being a third gender, some may consider themselves as having no gender identity while others think of themselves as having more of a fluctuating gender identity.

Many, though not all, may choose to express their gender identity through the use of gender neutral pronouns (e.g. they/them) in place of the expected he/him or she/her that society would usually place on them based on their assigned sex at birth. There is information on the Stonewall website including how you can support non-binary people.

Historically, many societies have recognised and celebrated a ‘third gender’, although the recognition of such identities in western society is less advanced, with some progress being slowly made on legal recognition for non-binary identities.

For example, despite the introduction of the Equality Act in 2010, it was only last year than a UK employment tribunal confirmed legal protections for non-binary people as part of the EA2010.

In PCS our Charter for Equality makes clear that our union is opposed to all forms of inequality and discrimination, including on grounds of gender identity. We are committed to fighting for equality on behalf of all LGBT+, and other under-represented members.

Proud, our self organising LGBT+ members’ group, represents LGBT+ members of PCS and is open to everyone, including allies.

For more details, visit the LGBT+ page of our website. You can also read our blog written by a non-binary member who shares their experiences.