Bee

Gender: Non-binary

Pronouns: they/them

Bee is 31 and non-binary. Growing up Bee says when I was younger I didn’t really have many examples of non-conformity, like where I live. They say they have never been particularly comfortable with all the labels that come with cis/hetero normativity Bee says it wasn’t until 2015 that they started to really question [um] yeah what being cis meant, and how it applied to [them] They describe feeling increasingly more uncomfortable Finding and learning the language to describe non-binary experiences was an important turning point.

Bee says being able to be seen and recognised as non-binary is a constant battle They say that having a shaved head feels like they have shed many of the stereotypes that are connected to hair which can become part of that performance of femininity

Bee’s hopes for the future of trans healthcare are for there to be an acknowledgment across the board, at all NHS care access levels that genders outside man and woman, and male and female, exist, as like a very basic thing They say if we could get those basic first steps in place, I think it would just make things a lot easier for a whole lot of people

Bee finds the debates’ about trans healthcare endlessly infuriating’ a constant flow of misinformation.

Age at interview 31

Bee says it’s okay not to know everything about yourselfwe are always in the process of learning who we are.

Age at interview 31

Bee describes their positive experience of counselling she’s been super supportive.

Age at interview 31

Bee talks about being pansexual and others assuming they are straight because of assumptions about gender and sexuality.

Age at interview 31

Bee talks about their parents’ responses to their non-binary identity.

Age at interview 31

Bee says this is me as I am at the minute, and my body doesn’t define meI don’t fit into a narrative.

Age at interview 31

Bee says even though the are confident in their healthcare needs I still find that it can be really intimidating’ with doctors.

Age at interview 31

Bee describes being non-binary as the chink of light coming through the toxic, restrictive and violent systems of sex and gender.

Age at interview 31