Rae Spoon in 2013
|Gender identity||"gender retired"|
|Occupation||musician and writer|
Rae Spoon is a Canadian musician and writer who was awarded an Honour of Distinction from the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT writers in 2014.
After a decade of living as a trans man, Spoon noted a preference for the pronoun "they" in 2012 during an interview with cartoonist Elisha Lim, a fellow advocate for the gender-neutral pronoun. They explained to Now Magazine, "after years of fighting to be called 'he,' the idea of coming out again made me tired. But now I feel kind of rejuvenated, ready to fight on some more. I think the 'they' pronoun is a pretty cool thing. It's letting a lot of people not have to identify as a man or a woman. Whatever it means to them."
They co-wrote the book Gender Failure with Ivan E. Coyote.
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"I'm going by 'they' now. I'm gender retired. I'm no good at gender."
"I was tired of often being expected to perform a male role because my pronoun was 'he.' After so many years fighting to be called 'he' and having people ask me when I was going to modify my body (physically transition), I realized that for me being trans is not about being read as a man or changing my body. I am happy with the body that I have. What I'm unhappy with is the way things are gendered by society in general. I don't feel like I want to carry out a male or a female gender role. Gender-neutral pronouns made sense to me personally and felt like the right decision."
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References[edit | edit source]
- Alberta, Linda (2003-05-08). "He said/she said?". SEE Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-10-22.
- "Elisha Lim and Rae Spoon: Talking Shop". No More Potlucks. January 2012. Archived from the original on 26 August 2019.
- Gillis, Carla (26 January 2012). "Rae Spoon: Powerful album reignites the pronoun debate". NOW Magazine. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
- Spoon, Rae (3 January 2012). "Instead Of An Interview With Xtra". Rae Spoon Tumblr. Retrieved 15 April 2020.