Riley, 21, Philadelphia


Submitted by Diana Scholl, via We are the Youth. Photo by Laurel Golio.

“I went and I tried to stay in a homeless shelter and hated it. It was really difficult with my gender or lack-there-of expression. The shelter wasn’t individualized for different gender expressions. And in order to apply for a job you had to go to these job classes, and I already knew how to do those skills. They wouldn’t see me at the place I was at. I was like, ‘this is dumb.’ I wanted to go back on the streets.”
Riley, Age 21, Philadelphia”

More about Riley’s story can be found here.

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Posted by on November 13th, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Question: Clothes Stores


Monster asks…

Do you have a favorite place to buy gender-neutral clothes? Somewhere that isn’t a hundred dollars for a shirt?

Please post your response in the comments below.

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Posted by on November 13th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Paws


Reposted from attaboy-tomboy.

“This is my bff. But we can be friends too. :)”

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Posted by on November 12th, 2014 at 10:00 am

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My gender is me


Someone wrote…

I identify as Genderqueer. A lot of people tell me that I ‘look like a girl’ or I get the ‘but you’re a girl.’

The other one I got the other day after I’d explained my gender was ‘do you feel like a boy or a girl?’

Just because I look, dress, or act in a certain way it doesn’t mean that I’m not Genderqueer, not female, and not androgynous. My gender is part of me, but I am not my gender. My gender is me.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on November 12th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Suit Jacket and Feather Earring


Submitted by Wryly Tender, the model and photographer.

“I really enjoy mixing subtle gender cues/markers. My masculinity is super flamboyant and my femininity is pretty ferocious, so I try to dress in a way that reflects that.

It’s a tough balance to strike, but one that best communicates my non-binary genderqueerness.”

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Posted by on November 11th, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Profile: Orion


You can call me… Orion or Ryan

I identify as… a Polyamorous, Pansexual, Genderqueer.

As far as third-person pronouns go, … They/Them/Theirs

I’m attracted to… good people.

When people talk about me, I want them to… talk about how awesome I am. Not fixate on my identities.

I want people to understand… that I am a human being with feelings, same as everyone else.

About Orion or Ryan
I’m Orion. FAAB Genderqueer individual. I am an artist, a writer, a musician, a nerd and a lover of beauty. Those are the things I would rather be the focus of what people think of me over my sexual and gender identities.

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Posted by on November 11th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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To track how I feel


Someone wrote…

Sometimes I want an app to track how I feel. Do I have patterns? When my body is getting ready to expel its uterine lining, am I closer to the feminine end of the spectrum? When I’m ovulating, am I more likely to bind my chest?

I just want a slider on the my phone so I can definitively look at how I feel, instead of just… feeling it.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on November 10th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Question: What am I


Monkey asks…

This may be a bit of a ramble, and may be a little disconnected. I fear my thoughts are a bit disorganized.

I’ve met a woman that identifies as genderqueer and I’m really in to her. Until I met her I hadn’t really heard the term before, but learning about it has made me confront uncertainties I’ve always had.

I don’t know what I am. I always thought you were a man or a woman and that was the end. I am physically a male, I like it that way, I don’t have a problem with being called he or him. But from the day I was born, I was sensitive.

I like guy things, and I like girl things. I quickly learned that liking girl things earned a man nothing but pain. When I was a child I used to wear my mother’s negliges. I got caught once and my father beat me so bad that I am shaking as I type that last sentence, because after 35 years I’m still scared of someone finding out.

I never wanted to be a woman, I just like pretty things. I love cars and weight lifting, and I spent some time training in muay thai. I like helping my friends shop for dresses, not so I can score, but because I love helping to make something beautiful.

I’m sexually attracted to female bodies, but the women I like tend to act more “manly” I wish I knew more gender neutral terms.

I’m a man, but I act too much like a woman or fag to be a man. I don’t want to be a woman.
I don’t know what I am. Some how queer feels right, but do I even have a right to that word. Am I just confused? If I’m genderqueer but outwardly a straight male, do I “come out”?

All I know is I don’t fit. The way women and men are described, or gay and straight, or any of it, I don’t fit.

Please someone tell me what I am.

Please post your response in the comments below.

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Posted by on November 9th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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I go all ways!


Someone wrote…

The panicked concern of friends and strangers when someone uses different pronouns for me than they have is both cute and the bane of my existence. Calm down everybody – I go all ways!

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on November 8th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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This is me


Submitted by Hanssen, the model and photographer.

“I took this because I needed “press” photos to coincide with the release of my new album. Afterwards, I realized that I was wearing 100% women’s clothing that I am not totally comfortable wearing in everyday life. It’s not obvious stuff, but I found it kinda funny that that’s what I chose to represent me to thousands around the world.”

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Posted by on November 7th, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Profile: Amelia


You can call me… Amelia

I identify as… Neither mostly, genderfluid

As far as third-person pronouns go, … Ey or They

I’m attracted to… No-one physically – intellectually I’m attracted to people who are are awesome and smart and snarky as hell.

When people talk about me, I want them to… Not talk about me.

I want people to understand… I am not like you or anyone else and that is a glorious thing.

About Amelia

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Posted by on November 7th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Learn/Unlearn


Someone wrote…

Your breasts do not determine your gender. Neither do your clothes. I understand that these things make you nervous, but the sooner you learn those things, the less you will have to unlearn.

Reposted from Non-Binary Support Blog.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on November 6th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Mushroom


Reposted from Lady Writing.

“….the most bored mushroom ever.”

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Posted by on November 5th, 2014 at 10:00 am

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My Soul is Male


Charice from Glee says, “Not exactly…transitioning to, like, a male male, but basically…my soul is male.”


Posted by on November 5th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Agender Folks Come In All Shapes, Colors, and Presentations



Submitted by Skye, the model and photographer.

“I may have been female-assigned at birth, but that hasn’t stopped me from liking long hair and make-up.”

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Posted by on November 4th, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Happiest as neither


Someone wrote…

I might not be a girl after all. I don’t think I’m a boy, either. Now that I have a chance to explore my gender, maybe it turns out that I would be happiest as neither.

What an amazing thought it is, playing over and over in my mind.
“You don’t have to be a girl.”
I don’t understand why, but it just feels wonderful.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on November 4th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Profile: Olly


You can call me… Olly

I identify as… Androgynous

As far as third-person pronouns go, … she/he/they/xe/ze/brah/cool guy its all good.

I’m attracted to… other androgynous AFAB and masculine people.

When people talk about me, I want them to… Talk to me like one of the guys but still coo over cute animals with me.

I want people to understand… Men can be beautiful and women can be handsome and I am both so fuck you.

About Olly
I’m a writer and I’m majoring in Communications; I’m probably gonna be a Journalist. I have a passion for singing, music, and making people laugh; I’m learning ukulele and write songs with my friends. My dream job is to be a musician and comedian. I have this crazy idea that I can do it all one day.

Right now my life consists of school, work, friends, and striving so that one day I can leave my home state and finally gain a sense of autonomy over my life. Being happy isn’t enough; I want to be fulfilled.

My personal/humor blog: cunnilingustips.tumblr.com

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Posted by on November 3rd, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Hung up


Someone wrote…

I’ve just recently started to accept that I’m genderqueer and I’ve told some people. I’m biologically female, and I’ve always been super “girly”, but there are days when I feel like something else.

People are so hung up on the days when they feel like a man/female, and most of the time I just feel like me. Nothing else than that. And I feel so strange, I can’t even understand it myself so how can I explain it to other people?

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on November 2nd, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Actual Faery


Reposted from Gender Werewolf.

“*has to wear a dress to Homecoming*
*turns into an actual faery*”

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Posted by on October 31st, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Like


Someone wrote…

I like my gender. I’m just not entirely sure what it is.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on October 31st, 2014 at 08:00 am

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