#NonBinary

Céline Dion Collaborates On New Gender Neutral Fashions For Kids

Céline Dion has collaborated with fashion brand NUNUNU to develop a new gender neutral line of children’s clothing.

The concept is to allow children to find their own personal style rather than be boxed into a traditional pink vs blue mindset.

Asserting that “fashion builds concepts deep within our minds,” the company says the new line (titled CELINUNUNU) “aims to free the forces of creativity and imagination in children, nurturing equality and flexibility of thought that enable kids to fully embrace who they are.”

And speaking of ‘embracing who they are,’ the new ad spot for the fashion line casts Céline as a badass binary-busting ninja.

In the video, we see the “My Heart Will Go On” singer enter what appears to be a gender-segregated maternity ward.

Celine provides voiceover narration for the spot: 

“Our children. They are not really our children. as we are all just links in a never-ending chain that is life. For us, they are everything. But in reality, we are only a fraction of their universe. We miss the past. They dream of tomorrow. We may thrust them forward into the future. But the course will always be theirs to choose.”

Reaching into her bag, she finds black glitter confetti (of course) and blows it across the room transforming the ward into a gender-neutral space. The children are suddenly decked out in bold black and white, non-gendered fashions.

Céline explained to PEOPLE that the new line “lets children choose outside stereotypes and norms so they can bring from within their own tastes and preferences.” 

“We help them feel free, creative, inspired, respectful of one another and happy in the world,” she adds.

With that in mind, the line offers ‘fashion-forward’ looks utilizing bold prints (alphabets, stars, plus signs) in a palette of black, white, yellow and denim. The plus sign is meant as a symbol of equality.

Most of the clothing is priced between $50 and $100, although there is a $290 leather jacket available for your 3-year-old to grow out of in a few months.

Back in the maternity ward, though, security has shown up and our heroine attempts to escape. But, curses, she’s felled by a flying tackle.

In a last ditch effort, she attempts to play the celeb card as she’s cuffed and being taken away: “Guys, relax, easy - I’m Céline Dion.”

But, alas, to no avail. The cop replies, “Yeah, girl, and I’m Beyonce.”

Watch the ad spot below. You can check out the new non-binary children’s line on celinununu.com.

 

 

(h/t People)

Colorado Will Have Nonbinary Option on Licenses, ID Cards.

Gender identity is a significant aspect in many people's lives, but some do not fit neatly into the male/female mold. Unfortunately, many places do not have the option to mark one's gender as nonbinary so anyone who does not identity as either gender has to lie about their identity. However, Colorado is about the remedy this situation by allowing residents to mark X for nonbinary on their driver's licenses and other forms of identification effective starting November 30, according to 9 News.

With these new rules, people will be able to choose from M (male), F (female), or X (nonbinary) when applying for driver's licenses and identification cards. Anyone who wishes to change their existing gender marker on those IDs will have to fill out and submit, in person, a DR2083 Change of Sex Designation form at no extra cost.

The Colorado Department of Revenue has been working closely with Governor Hickenlooper and the Joint ID Task force for over a year to ensure that obstacles pertaining to getting an ID would be dismantled. 

Michael Hartman, executive director of the CDOR said that this new policy will be good for all Coloradans, as he recognizes the importance of proper identification and correct representation of one's lived experience. He also commented that by adopting this new policy, the CDOR will be more closely aligned with recent legal developments. 

It's nice to see nonbinary identities becoming valid, as in most of the world, people do not recognize anything outside of the gender binary. Hopefully this new policy will help facilitate some change in the way that we, as a whole, view gender.


h/t: 9 News 

A Canadian Citizen Was Attacked Outside A Halifax Gay Bar

A Canadian citizen was attacked outside if a gay bar and says that they are shocked that it happened in the one place they should be safe.

Sean Christie, who identifies as non-binary, was attacked outside of the Reflections Cabaret, which is a popular gay bar in Halifax.

Christie says that they had tried to be the peace bringing in a fight between a friend and a stranger who was kicked outside the bar early Sunday morning. Then just moments later, Christie was attacked down the street from the gay bar.

Apparently, the stranger decided to take out his frustrations on Christie by grabbing onto them and attacking.

“The guy that jumps in grabs ahold of me and just starts attacking me and starts giving homophobic references, like us ‘little queers think we can push around whoever we want,’” Christie told CTV Atlantic.

The attack left Christie with a bruised and bloodied face. Chrisite then called 911 themselves and was moved to a hospital by ambulance.

While Christie will be physically fine, they were shocked to be attacked so close to what they considered a safe space, “That should be the one place I should be safe.”

On top of that, Christie worries that this attack won’t be categorized as a hate crime.

“I worry that sometimes the police or the community just looks at these assaults as just an assault,” Christie said.”

Police have identified a suspect at the scene, but they only questioned him before letting him go. Authorities say they are still investigating.

h/t: CTV Atlantic

Rose McGowan Says, "I Don’t Wanna Be A Man Or A Woman."

Rose McGowan has had a rollercoaster of a life in the past few years. The actor known most for a role in the tv show Charmed has in fights left and right.

It seems a casualty in those fights were trans people. First, with a fight with Caitlyn Jenner and then with a trans protestor.

Now in a shocking twist of fate, news sources are reporting that McGowan has come out as gender Non-Binary. But what's the truth behind the story?

The inciting moment happened when McGowan was recording a podcast for Love Alexi. Together with host Alexi Wasser, McGowan delved into the topic of gender.

Host Wasser shared that she saw a meme where someone said they wanted the confidence of a mediocre white man.

McGowan responded by saying, “But I actually don’t, because that confidence is mediocre too.”

McGowan then added, “I don’t wanna be a man or a woman. That’s the thing, I’m not.”

Wasser followed up by commenting that she feels “we're all souls,” to McGowan’s agreement, before the conversation then transitioned into other topics.

Later in the hour and twenty minute long recording (which you can find below), the Charmed actor discussed the need for humanity to take a step back from the society its built up over the centuries. McGowan says this would be better than minutely dissecting constructs like gender roles.

“I think we’re never going to solve anything by going into the man/woman construct. Step back to humanity.”

Keep in mind that this wasn’t a big “coming out” moment for Rose McGowan, but more the sharing of an ideology.

McGowan wasn’t necessarily saying that they want to live with the label of being Non-Binary, but more that they want to live separately from the oppressive constructs and labels created by others (male, female, or non-binary).

The conversation continued and segued into other topics like the MeToo movement, the Gay Rights Movement, and Harvey Weinstein. That said, at the heart of the conversation was Rose McGowan's consistent desire to not be labeled or confined by society's expectations.

“[People say] ‘It’s easy for you to say you’re a cis white female’, I’m like look asshole, don’t bore me, don’t put me in your construct, you do not get to say what I am, you do not get to tell me who I am, you do not get to tell me what my intentions are or paint me with a brush that I didn’t buy."

You can listen to the entire podcast down below.