Aug 2018 - Nothing's Binary Part 2: Nothing's Binary

from by Kimwei

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TRANSCRIPTION: NOTHING'S BINARY

Being non-binary transgender is something I’ve always found difficult to explain. It seemed so unfamiliar to anyone, so invisible, so different… something they couldn’t relate to. Finally, the only thing to do was write a song, simply called Nothing’s Binary.

Fellow non-binary musician Billy Bottle and I recorded it to co-incide with Exeter Pride, in May. The tag read “It's a song about being non-binary, but also celebrating LGBTQ as a whole”. A few thousand views later we were thrilled that the message had been so deeply received. It turned out, how I feel about being non-binary isn’t difficult to relate to at all. I learned that expanding beyond the binary notion of gender is not just relevant to those who identify as transgender, but to everyone, because we are all affected by the expectations of a society that sees gender in binary.

The song resonated with anyone seeking to be seen as who they truly are. We heard from people who feel unseen due to gender, race, disability, or simply because for some other reason, the assumptions of others, and generic stereotyping leave them feeling judged and unacknowledged. I learned that when we see and accept each other, we love each other, and when we love each other we change the world. 

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from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon, released January 30, 2017

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