Cyrus Grace Dunham

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Cyrus Grace Dunham (born January 28, 1992) is an American writer and activist. Dunham is nonbinary and has used "he", "she", and "they" pronouns,[1] preferring "they" in professional contexts.[2] In 2019 they published the memoir A Year Without a Name which covers their gender exploration, substance abuse, and family issues including their famous older sister Lena Dunham.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"I guess, in a deep soul way, I definitely identify as non-binary, but I also know that I've had a transmasculine experience. And increasingly when I meet people, they experience me as a man.

I think I'm transmasculine and non-binary and also maybe forever lesbian."[3]

"My performance of 'girlhood' left me dissociated from myself and the world around me. The polite, articulate young woman everyone else encountered felt almost like a hologram; I had the sense I was hiding something monstrous, though I had no idea how to articulate what that monstrousness was. [...] My own life has often felt like a video game or a movie to me, my consciousness projected into an awkward, gangly, white 'female' avatar. One thing I know is that writing about myself as a character helped a more authentic me wrest away some of that person’s power."[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Grace Dunham Lifts The Lid On Being Non-Binary In A Privileged World". Konbini - All Pop Everything!. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  2. Burt, Stephanie (November 2019). "Ways of Being: Three new books explore the variety of transgender experiences". The Atlantic. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  3. Masters, Jeffrey (15 October 2019). "Writer Cyrus Grace Dunham Shows How Messy Gender Can Be". advocate.com. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  4. Dunham, Cyrus Grace (6 November 2019). "Cyrus Grace Dunham: 'Pretending to Be a Girl for Much of My Life Made Hiding the Norm, Not the Exception'". Glamour. Retrieved 15 April 2020.