On IDs

I recently wrote a piece about a push in the UK to remove gender from passports and driver’s licenses. As a non-binary person, I prefer not to really talk about my gender to complete strangers. Given my gender’s complexity, I simply can’t always invest the time or effort to explain why my #genderidentity and #genderexpression don't necessarily align with the gender marker on my ID. It's challenging to consistently have to justify my #genderidentity when presenting ID to a complete stranger at the DMV, picking up event tickets at will call, or paying for something with a credit card.

Here's to a world for youth where gender, like other forms of difference, is a respected and protected part of each of our identities, and no individual is unnecessarily forced to display, disclose, or discuss their gender in a public setting.