This month, the IDEAS Council wants to highlight International Non-Binary People’s Day.

International Non-Binary People’s Day is celebrated annually around the world on July 14 and was first observed in 2012. International Non-Binary People’s Day is an occasion to champion and recognize non-binary members within the LGBTQ+ community. July 14 was chosen because it falls exactly halfway between International Women’s Day (March 8) and International Men’s Day (November 19).

The term non-binary describes someone who does not identify exclusively as a man or a woman. Non-binary people may identify as being both a man and a woman, somewhere in between, or even falling completely outside these categories. While many in the LGBTQ+ also identify as transgender, not all non-binary people do. “Non-binary” can also be used as an umbrella term encompassing identities such as agender, bi-gender, gender-queer or gender-fluid.

The definition of these terms are:

Agender – either not having a gender or being gender neutral
Bi-gender – having aspects of more than one gender, either at different or the same time
Gender-fluid – having a gender identity that changes over time
Gender-queer – this can be used as an umbrella term for non-binary identities or can be used as a gender identity itself

IDEAs Council topics for the fall:

September – Hijri New Year
October – Hispanic Heritage Month
November – National Native American Heritage & Birth of Báb

If any of these topics inspire you to share your story, a friend or loved one’s story, or simply would like to expand on why the topic is important to you, please feel free to reach out to the IDEAs Council at

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