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New Memoir Rides Wave of Nonbinary Recognition
While interest in nonbinary genders is sharply on the rise, there are few books that share firsthand accounts of being neither strictly male nor strictly female. Bi-gender, a nonbinary identity that includes people who shift back and forth between male and female, has been even more mysterious. Now Gender Rebel Press has published the first full-length book on the bi-gender experience, writer and technologist James-Beth Merritt’s Bi-Gender: A Candid Nonbinary Memoir.
Awareness of nonbinary gender identities has shot up in recent years. In 2014, Facebook added more than 50 gender options, including “non-binary,” “agender,” and “bigender,” while nonbinary characters like Alex Fierro in the Magnus Chase series and Tyler Mason on Showtime’s Billions have made inroads in novels, film, and television.
Merritt wrote Bi-Gender as the events it recounts were happening, starting in October of 2016, when they first came across the term “bi-gender.” Before then, Merritt says, “I’d never thought it was possible to be two genders. I figured I was just a profoundly flawed human being.” Merritt soon began living as alternately female and male, an experience that yielded humor, upheaval, and unexpected insights.
Merritt’s book comes at a turning point. Several countries, such as Australia and Nepal, have already given legal status to a third gender, and Canada and the U.S. may be catching up. Vermont and the state of Washington are both considering a nonbinary X as an alternative to M or F on driver’s licenses, following the examples of Ontario, Oregon, California, and the District of Columbia, all of which added the option in 2017. Being nonbinary may be taking its first steps toward widespread recognition and acceptance, just as being gay, lesbian, and later transgender began to do years ago.
Bi-Gender (Gender Rebel Press, 2018, $2.99 eBook, $9.95 in paperback) will be released March 17th on Amazon.com and elsewhere. Information on the book, as well as articles and resources, are available on Merritt’s website at www.bi-gender.com.
For more information, or for an electronic or paperback review copy of Bi-Gender, contact James-Beth Merritt at jb at bi-gender dot com .