Gender is not the issue. Everyone has gender. It is the binary that is the problem. The binary places a glass ceiling on the souls of people whose gender doesn’t fit in a box. I am amazed by how much my life has changed in the seven years of living as myself. I am astonished by who I have become, how my woman self has grown. Then I see incredible, unfettered authenticity in so many of today’s gender non-conforming young people, and I wonder how much more I might have grown if I hadn’t been so willing to conform my growth to an imaginary box. I wonder who I might have become.

Eliminating the binary does not mean that someone can not identify as purely male or purely female. It means that no one has to. Gender does not paint the picture of who I am. Who I am paints the picture of my gender. Why not use all of the colors on the palette?

–Stephanie Mott, Binaries Not Included | HuffPo Gay Voices

(via because i am a woman)

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