Living in a society where only binary gender preference is a norm, the non-cisgenders community had their struggles before getting the much-deserved acceptance by society.
- “What beti, beti, yaar maa? Call me beta, please? I feel like I’m a boy trapped in a female’s body…”
As the name explains itself suggests, a non-cisgender person is someone whose gender identity does not match with their sex assigned at birth. For instance, someone who identifies as male but was assigned the sex of a female at birth is non-cisgender.
- “Hey doc, I think, you assigned me the wrong side…”
The word cisgender is derived from the Latin language where cis means “on this side” and trans means “on the other side”. Cis is used to depict the alignment of the gender identity of an individual with their sex assigned at birth.
- “Abbe yaar…I’m not a trans! I’m a non-cisgender! NON-CIS!! Alright? Farak-hai-dono-mein!”
The term “transgender” was and is still commonly used to refer to people who are non-cisgenders. But there lies a difference between a transgender and a non-cisgender.
- “But, a friend of mine, who does not relate to either, you see…”
Some people relate neither to cis nor to trans-genders. The term non-cisgenders became relevant to include these people into the whole scenario of the gender discussion.
- “Grh! So many terms, so less time! And upar se padhe kaun Gender, Gay—Khaak time hai!?”
The term non-cisgenders is safe to use in conversations, especially for people who are not very well acquainted with Gender Studies. The term is easier to understand and explain to those who are relating to the non-cisgenders community. You do not have to dive deep into the nuances of their gender identity and sexual orientation.
- “Hey, I have heard that only homos are non-cisgenders…is that true?”
Contrary to the common belief, non-cisgenders can be gay, straight, pansexual, queer or asexual. They can have any other sexual orientation, just like the cisgender people.
- “Abhi tumhe knowledge nahi hai…aaj kal ke baccho mein sanskaar naam ka cheej hi ni hai…Bloody Sinners!”
Well, Aunty Ji/Uncle Ji, this is for you!
Shikhandi, the daughter of King Drupada of Panchal in the Indian epic Mahabharata, was a born female turned male who fought the war of Kurukshetra and helped the Pandavas to defeat Bhishma. This incident has been regarded by many as a historical mention of non-cisgenders in Indian culture!
- “Toh kya ab tu duniyaa mein gayega ki tu non-cisgender hai? Naak katwayega humari…”
Revealing your preferred pronouns as a non-cisgender is called coming out. It is a personal decision of an individual if s/he wants to come out, who they come out to, and when one chooses to come out.
- “Well, even the Fashion Designer Saisha Shinde was a male before January 2021!”
Recently in January 2021, famous fashion designer Swapnil Shinde (now Saisha Shinde) came out as a female and was dearly appreciated by his friends and fans on social networks.
Although awareness about non-cisgender is being created in several ways, it’s a long road for the term and its study…
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