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So, how do we say it? Non-binary? NB? Enby?

Todes con DNI is a collective founded by non-binary people who ran into some difficulties or obstacles when they tried to legally change their gender markers on their IDs.

Florián is listed as one of its founders on the website. They describe themself as non-binary transmasc. They live in the City of Buenos Aires and they are in charge of two people that they're parenting.

In their own words:

"Every day, I live with this need to be recognized under my name and my gender in work spaces, banks, educational and healthcare facilities, etc. This only fuels my desire to enforce my right to have my gender markers changed. However, I haven't started the procedures yet because of all the hardships I've heard about to even have non-binary genders recognized as valid, on top of the actual refusal to print those IDs afterwards. These experiences inspire doubts and fear in me regarding the possible impediments it could cause for me to be able to guarantee that the kids in my charge have full access to all their rights, legally, economically and emotionally."

In conversation with Revista Mu, they stated: "We're not fighting for a third gender, 'non-binary,' because that wouldn't break apart the binarist logic. The Gender Identity Law is on our side but it is not fully obeyed. We're not asking for an extra checkbox nor a thorough list of all identities because we understand that someone will always be left behind that way."

Where are our non-binary IDs?

The organization Todes con DNI was created by a group of people who don't see themselves as part of any binary gender. They share a common demand: they need to have the gender markers in their IDs legally changed to reflect their gender identities. Some of them managed to get their birth certificates corrected but, still, the Argentine state refuses to print non-binary national IDs, which leaves them undocumented.

As they explain: "Since late 2018, vital records offices in different provinces have been issuing several corrected birth certificates, which now show gender identities different than male and female or even none at all. Most of those cases weren't made public. To this day, none of those people have received their non-binary IDs. They cannot even apply for a passport."

This situation violates the national Gender Identity Law currently in force. On Non-Binary Visibility Day, we believe it's important to reassert that people's identity is a human right and, as such, it shall be respected.

So, how do we say it? Non-binary? NB? Enby?

Part of the English speaking non-binary community prefers to use the term "enby" instead of the acronym "NB", as those letters are generally associated with another acronym: NBPOC (non-black people of color).

In Spanish, we can translate it as "enebé". However, this word is not as widely used as simply "no binarie", which is more common among trans activism organizations. In both languages, these terms are mostly used in informal settings.

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