GENDER NATION: REFINERY29 x GLAAD
WHEN IT COMES TO THE WAY SOCIETY VIEWS GENDER, IT IS STILL A RELATIVELY NEW, UNDER-DISCOVERED WORLD.
The way we see it, whether or not you’re a part of the revolution, we are now living in a world where an increasing number of people no longer accept the premise that gender is binary. Opting out of the conversation about what it means to be pangender or intersex or neutrois can mean missing out on opportunities to connect with other people, and broaden each other’s perspectives. Shifting the way we talk about gender may seem like a revolutionary concept, but it’s about giving individuals sovereignty over their own identities — whether or not they ultimately decide to identify as something other than their sex assigned at birth. But what if you don’t even know what “sex assigned at birth” means?
Our Gender Nation glossary seeks to decode all that.
We reached out to GLAAD about transforming their media reference guide into a mobile web-optimized crowd-sourced glossary for the public. Together, we updated the existing terms that appear in their media guide, and added 57 more. Then, we created a Google form to solicit written and video definitions from LGBTQ people from across the country to go with R29 x GLAAD’s base definitions.
-Excerpt from Why Refinery29 Created A Gender Identity Glossary, written by Rebecca Adams