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Staying in the gray

Jan 5, 2016

 


Many spaces are designated for either men or women: bathrooms, clothing stores, hair salons. But some people don’t subscribe to being a man or a woman. This is true for Clem Breslin, who identifies as being genderqueer. 

There isn’t one way to define being genderqueer. It’s specific to each person and shows up in a lot of ways: from the way Breslin dresses to the pronouns Breslin prefers.

CLEM BRESLIN: I bump up against so much gendered language all day everyday and [it’s] my preference for none of that to exist and for everything to be neutral, and that’s just not the case.

Click the player above to listen to Clem's story.

In this story, you’ll hear Breslin’s girlfriend use the pronoun “they” when referring to Breslin. If you’re thinking: “Hey! Using ‘they’ is not grammatically correct!” Breslin says that response happens all the time.  

This piece was produced by reporter Kristina Loring, who is also the roommate of Clem Breslin.

This piece first aired on 01/27/2015.