Many people feel more comfortable with identifying as non-binary... | 22 Words

A judge has given a groundbreaking ruling this week with regards to the ongoing gender debate.

Here's the full story...

In today's day and age, more and more people are identifying as "non-binary."

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Long gone are the days where there are simply "men" and "women." It's 2020, and there are hundreds of different ways in which a person can identify - and non-binary is certainly one of the most common.

But what exactly does non-binary mean?

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According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, “non-binary" is the term people use to describe genders that don’t fall into the 2 categories of male or female.

Many people feel more comfortable with identifying as non-binary...

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But, of course, there are several people out there who can't bear the idea of a person identifying as something outside of the "normal" genders.

So they lash out.

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Like most who are uneducated on the topic, many people sit behind their keyboards and send abusive messages to those who identify as non-binary - for reasons completely unbeknown to most.

Understandably, this kind of abuse takes a toll on people's mental health...

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And some think the best way to address the issue is by teaching kids from an early age all about gender.

And others believe the problem can be addressed even earlier...

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On a birth certificate, for example.

Well, the latest news regarding the gender debate has caused the mother of all backlashes.

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This new ruling is a huge step in the right direction...

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A federal judge ruled last week that Ohio must allow “corrections" on birth certificates issued by the state from one’s biological sex to a chosen gender.

Judge Michael Watson, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled on the case based on a lawsuit filed by 3 women and 1 man...

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Who were each seeking to pick the gender opposite of their biological sex.

On not allowing people to pick what gender is on their birth certificate, Watson said:

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"It is nothing more than thinly-veiled post-hoc rationales to deflect from the discriminatory impact of the policy."

Stacie Ray, one of the 4 plaintiffs, said:

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“This is truly a victory for the LGBT community, in every aspect."

Elizabeth Bonham, staff attorney for the ACLU of Ohio, added:

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“Today’s ruling affirms that the state must recognize the dignity and true identity of every transgender Ohioan. It is incredibly frustrating that our clients faced years of unlawful discrimination, but today we celebrate this victory as an acknowledgement to their commitment to justice."

This ruling means that Tennessee is the only state that does not allow people to pick which gender they want to be shown on their birth certificates.

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For more on the use of non-binary pronouns, keep scrolling to hear Sam Smith's trailblazing story...