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Human Library: NLW 2023

The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.


Book Title:  Agender

Why are you volunteering: 

I've always learned best from dialogue. A common refrain these days is that people should "educate themselves" and not burden members of a minority group with their questions. While I agree with this sentiment, it's important to remember that all of us are sources of information. I am comfortable describing my experience and identity as an agender person, and I think many people will want to have a conversation without fear of overstepping.

Questions to ask:

  • How did you realize that you are agender?
  • What does being agender mean to you?
  • How has your life changed since telling others that you are agender?

Agender: Definition

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "agender" refers to people who don’t identify themselves with any particular gender. This can mean being genderless, lacking gender, or having a null gender. However, people also use "agender" to mean identifying as gender-neutral or having an undefinable gender.

Like many words we use to describe gender, "agender" is a relatively new word. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the identity is new, or that agender people didn’t exist before we had the language we do now to identify them.

The first documented use of the word "agender" was actually on the Internet! It was born in the year 2000.