Showing posts with label NonBinary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NonBinary. Show all posts

August 19, 2019

What is Your Gender? A Queer Photographer Explores The Nonbinary Ident's with His Camera

Ally Schmaling wants a "complete annihilation of gender."

The Boston-based queer and gender nonbinary photographer created a portrait series exploring queer and nonbinary identities — people living without limits and refusing to identify with traditional male and female gender labels.
"It's our job to push institutions forward and create art that reflects the world we want to see," Schmaling says.
In making the series, Schmaling allows the people being photographed to drive the decisions about their bodies in frame. The photographer asks the subjects how they would like to be seen. "The process is just as beautiful as the product," Schmaling says.
Schmaling, who uses the pronoun "they," began their career as a wedding photographer after college. Taking pictures at weddings "taught me the ability to spot a tiny pinpoint of joy from across the room," they say.
After a few years in the industry, Schmaling decided to try portraiture. Schmaling says spending the past year and a half doing portrait photography gave them the creative freedom and agency they were craving.
Schmaling says they've struggled with body dysmorphia, gender and sexuality. They turned to art with a focus on body positivity and gender fluidity. Schmaling's work encourages all to play freely in an inclusive space.
The photographer grew up in rural Wisconsin, but found it too homogeneous. Schmaling found peace with their sexuality by refusing to conform, saying: "If there is not space for you, make space."
Now Schmaling lives in Boston, saying that's where this type of art is needed. "Unlike places like New York or LA or whatever, where a lot of these creative pathways have already been built, Boston is still more or less a blank canvas." They plan to continue building a creative scene in the city.
Schmaling's only definite plan for the future is that it will involve a dog. For now, they're happy allowing their job to consist of "screaming affirmations at strangers."

March 20, 2019

Sam Smith Comes Out As Nonbinary

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By Gwen Aviles

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sam Smith has come out as gender nonbinary.
“I’m not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between,” Smith said Friday on actor Jameela Jamil’s new Instagram show, “I Weigh Interviews.”
Smith said when he saw the words "nonbinary" and "genderqueer" and heard people speak about these identities, which are used to describe those who identify as neither exclusively male nor female, he thought, "Fuck, that's me."
While many nonbinary and gender-nonconforming individuals prefer to use the gender-neutral pronouns “they” and “them,” several news reports claim Smith still prefers male pronouns, like “he” and “him."

While this is the first time Smith has explicitly identified as nonbinary, the performer has previously talked about his gender identity lacking a label. In an October 2017 interview with The Sunday Times, Smith said, "I don't know what the title would be, but I feel just as much woman as I am a man."  During his "I Weigh Interviews" appearance, Smith also discussed his ongoing body-image struggles. Though he said he's achieved greater self-acceptance over the years, he said he has “always had a war between my body and my mind.” He revealed that he had liposuction when he was 12 after a doctor discovered he was developing breasts because his body was storing high levels of estrogen in his chest.
Lee Airton, an assistant professor of gender and sexuality studies at Queen’s University and author of the book “Gender: Your Guide,” told NBC News that it’s “wonderful that folks in the public life can come out as they are.” However, Airton stressed that nonbinary people have always existed.
“There are nonbinary people in all walks of life, in every position you can think of,” Airton said. “People might feel being nonbinary is a new thing, but it’s a re-emergence.” 
Smith is not the only celebrity to identify as nonbinary. "Billions" star Asia Kate Dillon, "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway and "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestant Valentina also identify as nonbinary.
A growing number of states across the U.S. now legally recognize nonbinary gender identities on official documentation. At least eight states and Washington, D.C., offer a gender-neutral option on driver’s licenses and state-issued ID cards, while at least five permit gender-neutral birth certificates.

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