"There’s this freak factor where you become this thing for people to gawk at."
More than 47,000 people signed a White House petition for the Obama administration to legally recognize nonbinary genders. Unfortunately, though, the petition closed before meeting the 100,000 signature minimum for the administration to consider the petition.
Petitions to recognize nonbinary genders have circulated for years, but this one gained momentum after Facebook expanded its gender options.
"Legal documents in the United States only recognize ‘male’ and ‘female’ as genders, leaving anyone who does not identify as one of these two genders with no option," the petition reads. "Australia and New Zealand both allow an ‘X’ in place of an ‘M’ or an ‘F’ on passports for this purpose, and the UK recognizes ‘Mx’ (pronounced ‘Mix’) as a gender-neutral title." …
People identifying outside the gender binary are statistically more likely to be unemployed, have experienced physical assault, or have been denied medical care than their binary-identifying transgender counterparts, according to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Hey. 47,000 signatures is nothing to be ashamed of. The next one will be even stronger.