Alok Vaid-Menon

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Alok Vaid-Menon (born July 1, 1991), sometimes known mononymously as ALOK, is an Indian-American (born in Texas[1]) writer, activist, "fashionist@", and performance artist. They are genderfluid[2] and gender nonconforming[3] and use singular they pronouns. They also identify as queer, trans, transfeminine, and nonbinary.[4]

Books[edit | edit source]

  • Beyond the Gender Binary
  • Femme in Public

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"There are infinite non-binary genders, we are not merely some third option for leftovers."[4]

"All people deserve bodily autonomy, including the right to name their own identities, bodies, and experiences. There is a double standard operating that needs to be named: when people with power call for recognition it’s not seen as political correctness, it's seen as a logical demand. When those of us without power call for it, it’s seen as us being overly-sensitive & distracting from the greater cause."[5]

"trans people do not have *preferred* pronouns as if our genders are some sort of opinion up for debate. we have pronouns. that's a fact. so misgendering us isn't about being insensitive, it's about being incorrect."[6]

Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Sharma, Jeena (1 March 2019). "ALOK: 'Beauty Is About Looking Like Yourself'". PAPER. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  2. Instagram bio
  3. Dundore, Brent (17 December 2018). "Alok Vaid-Menon". They/Them Project. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 ALOK (24 November 2019). "Notes on my ever evolving relationship with gender". Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  5. ALOK (5 July 2019). "on gender inclusive language". Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  6. ALOK (14 July 2017). "Pronouns Aren't Preferred". Retrieved 10 April 2020.