July 14, 2021
Comms Best Practices,
/ by Parker Guidry
On July 14, we are proud to celebrate International Non-Binary People’s Day at Cision. This is a day that we shine a light on people who identify as non-binary and celebrate the diversity of the non-binary and gender non-conforming community. Why July 14? This date was chosen because it falls exactly midway between International Women’s Day in March and International Men’s Day in November.
To celebrate International Non-Binary People’s Day, it helps to start with an understanding of what it means to identify as non-binary. The “gender binary” refers to the idea that gender is categorized into only two groups – male and female. “Non-binary," then, describes a person who does not identify exclusively as male or female. Non-binary people may identify as being both a man and a woman, flowing between the two (sometimes referred to as genderfluid), or as being outside the binary altogether.
The most important thing is to recognize non-binary people as they identify themselves. This may mean that you need to break old habits around gender assumptions and gendered language and adjust to using more inclusive, gender-neutral terms.
At Cision, we foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, where individuals can be their authentic selves, perform at their best, and bring their whole selves to work. Embody, our LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group, champions awareness and education, a sense of belonging, and an appreciation of all gender identities and expressions. In that spirit, here are some tips on being a proactive ally to the non-binary community within the media industry and outside:
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