International Drag day is celebrated each year on 16 July.

 

Drag is a type of entertainment! People dress up, perform and have fun!

 

People who present themselves in exaggeratedly feminine ways as part of their performance, are known as Drag Queens. While a lot of Drag Queens live their lives as men outside of their drag personae, people of ANY gender can be Drag Queens.

 

People who present themselves in exaggeratedly masculine ways as part of their performance, are known as Drag Kings. Drag Kings may be less common than Drag Queens but do still exist and are just as important. Often many Drag Kings live their lives as women outside of their drag personae, but again people of ANY gender can be a Drag King.

 

Drag Queens and Drag Kings adopt a separate drag persona in addition to the self they live as every day. They may use a different name and ask to be referred to by different gender pronouns whilst in drag. This does NOT mean that they are transgender however!

 

Drag performers are entertainers, so being in drag is similar to an actor presenting themselves in character. It is part of a performance and not an integral part of their identity in the same way that gender is. Being respectful of a drag performer’s gender is the same as being respectful of anyone else’s gender. If you’re unsure which pronouns to use whilst in or out of drag, it is much better to ask.

 

International Non-Binary People’s Day is celebrated each year on 14 July

 

Non-binary gender identity is any gender identity that does not fall within the strict categories of contemporary Western societies, which typically consider gender to be binary, e.g., either man or woman. It is important to acknowledge that non-binary gender identities are not new identities or new concepts and have been recognized throughout the world for as long as gender has been a conscious identity of humans. Over the past several decades, the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/ questioning), feminist, and other social movements have also challenged binary gender categories. More recently, there has been increasing recognition and visibility of people who do not identify exclusively as either male or female. This fact sheet provides basic information for psychologists, psychology students, and others who are interested in understanding non-binary gender identities.

 

Pronoun use is an important issue for non-binary people. Some non-binary people choose to use pronouns other than she/her/ hers and he/him/his. Some examples of gender-neutral pronouns are they/them/theirs (as singular pronouns) and ze/hir/hirs. It is important to recognize that a person’s gender pronouns cannot be assumed from their appearance. One way of being affirming and supportive of non-binary identities is to avoid these assumptions and always ask or provide an option to disclose preferred gender pronouns. It is suggested to make this a universal practice rather than just doing so with people who are LGBTQ or have an ambiguous gender presentation.