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Nonbinary by Micah Rajunov
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bookshelves: read2020, biography-memoir

This collection of short essays from people who do not identify as just male or just female, and that's where the similarities end. There is a decent age diversity, which helps to demonstrate how things have changed (and how they haven't.) There is some racial diversity as well as a wide span of relationship types and class difference. Most of the stories are USA-based, which is too bad as the international voices that could have been included would have been interesting (the first essay starts in Thailand but is clearly western voices), and there are not many if any points of view coming from people who are incarcerated (or have been incarcerated) or who live with disability. Only one of the authors openly discussed the privilege of passing, and only one of the authors I remember pointed out that the equal rights protections that still exist often do not apply to nonbinary individuals, at last not explicitly, and the need for more protections. I'm not sure it's fair to expect possibly the first collection like this to do everything, but I felt I should at least share the holes I could see. Randomly, one of the people I follow in Instagram has an essay in here as well. An important read, but just the beginning....
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January 16, 2020 – Started Reading
January 16, 2020 – Shelved
January 16, 2020 –
January 16, 2020 – Finished Reading
January 18, 2020 – Shelved as: read2020
January 18, 2020 – Shelved as: biography-memoir

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Cecily Well, the beginning is a very good place to start...

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