Mere·Their
Mere·Their
On All Things Nonbinary Gender

NON·BINARY

both male and female

In between male and female

different than male and female


Bio

Mere Abrams (pronouns: they/them/theirs) is a trans nonbinary writer, speaker, educator, researcher and advocate. Mere's vision and voice bring a deeper understanding of gender to our world, educating thousands of individuals across the multiple continents. Mere has collaborated with Teen Vogue, Happy Hippie Foundation, the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Gender Spectrum, and schools across the country to develop programs and resources to account for and support the experiences of trans and nonbinary youth (and their families). In addition, Mere's perspective, writing and advocacy have been featured by Yahoo!, Gap Inc., CBS News, Seventeen Magazine, Healthline, Haaretz, OpenNotes, Genderqueer.me, The Anti-Defamation League, The Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project, Frameline, The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Professionals and Parents Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Youth, Who Are You?: A Kid's Guide to Gender Identity, and on social media (@meretheir) and at gender conferences across the United States.  

Born in the Midwest, Mere grew up in a conservative culture with very strict rules about gender. Mere was assigned female at birth (AFAB), but always had interests and an appearance that very much included both stereotypically male and female traits. Without any language or information to understand the complexities of gender identity, gender expression, and gender roles, Mere spent their childhood and early teenage years trying (and struggling) to fit into the female box. After meeting a transgender person for the first time and unlearning the idea that genitals determine gender, Mere gained a deeper understanding about the male AND female aspects of who they are. During their process of exploration and education, Mere found little information and few resources about nonbinary gender and how to navigate that part themself. This website was created to fill that gap in knowledge by providing you with a space to explore gender beyond the binary and learn about Mere's personal experience. 


Education

Nonbinary is an umbrella term used to describe a gender that is both male and female, somewhere in between male and female, or something different than male and female. Although the word nonbinary has only recently entered mainstream media's vocabulary, nonbinary gender is not a new trend. Nonbinary gender has been recorded as far back as the 3rd century, when Hijras — people in India who identified as beyond male or female — were recorded in ancient Hindu texts.

Experience

Nonbinary is more than a word. It is an individual and collective experience of gender. It is a social change movement freeing everyone from the gender assumptions and stereotypes assigned to them. Nonbinary gender creates space for each person to acknowledge and celebrate the masculine and feminine without being defined by either one. 

    Environment

    Each person's understanding of gender is shaped by their culture and environment. Your surroundings set the tone for what you know to be true and possible. That goes for gender too. If the signs on bathrooms, lessons from school, and sections in department stores do not show us there is gender beyond male and female, how are we supposed to know it exists? The powerful messages society sends us about gender influences how we understand ourselves and others. 

    Exploration

    Some of us simply know the gender we are while others need time to discover it through exploration. Each person has a unique experience of their gender, which can involve a number of different elements such as appearance (hair, clothing, accessories), body (parts, shape, size), behavior, and interests. While none of these things (on their own) define someone's gender, each is a puzzle piece that, when put together, reveals information about who someone knows themself to be. 


    Writing

    When I began questioning my gender, I wasn't ready to disclose my questions and feelings to family and friends. I didn't want to talk to anyone about them. To cope with my emotions and process my thoughts, I started to write. Writing quickly became more than a coping strategy for me, but also a chance to connect with and educate others.  The best way to gain understanding about nonbinary gender is by listening people's stories. Here is a bit of mine. 


    Media