This page is for collecting resources on the topic of family that have to do with nonbinary identity.
Family and relationship words[edit | edit source]
Some nonbinary people don't feel right about being called words that give an idea of being female or male. Many words for family titles and relationships do: mother, brother, husband, girlfriend, and so on. Nonbinary people who prefer to be called by gender-neutral words can ask to be instead called parent, sibling, spouse, datemate, and so on. See the page Gender neutral language in English#Family and relationship words for a long list. This includes some new words that are not just gender-neutral, but specifically for nonbinary people only.
Being a nonbinary parent[edit | edit source]
In the US state of North Carolina, December 6 is formally recognized as Gender Expansive Parents' Day since 2020.
Family trees[edit | edit source]
A diagram of a person's family is called a genogram or pedigree. These diagrams use a symbols for different kinds of people and relationships. This includes some standard symbols for a person's sex or gender. A square represents a man or boy, and a circle represents a woman or girl. The standard genogram symbol for a person whose gender is unknown is a rhombus or triangle. Some nonbinary people, if they are put into a family tree diagram, may prefer to have themselves represented by a genderless symbol.
In the Journal of Genetic Counseling in 2020, a group of scientists proposed a downward-pointing equilateral triangle to be the pedigree symbol for a nonbinary or gender questioning person, with additional markings to indicate assigned sex.
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Nonbinary people who have a legal gender of "X" (or something else besides M or F) may face barriers to marriage, especially in places that define marriage as "between a man and a woman", as happened in Australia for intersex nonbinary person Tony Briffa. Additionally, some jurisdictions offer M and F as the only options on applications for marriage, requiring nonbinary people to misgender themselves even if they have other documents recognizing their nonbinary gender.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Vaughan, Dawn Baumgartner (4 December 2020). "A day to celebrate all parents, including LGBTQ parents, in NC". The News & Observer. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
- Tuite; et al. (2020). "Beyond circles and squares: A commentary on updating pedigree nomenclature to better represent patient diversity". Journal of Genetic Counseling. doi:10.1002/jgc4.1234.
- Sosin, Kate (4 August 2019). "Can You Actually Get Married With a Non-Binary ID?". NewNowNext. Retrieved 12 November 2020.