The American series Billions has made history by introducing the first gender fluid character on television.
Like the actress Asia Kate Dillon, who plays the character, Taylor identifies as non-binary. While this is a first for television numerous celebrities have identified as non-binary including Miley Cyrus, Tilda Swinton, and Orange is the New Black star Ruby Rose.
In the book Gender Born, Gender Made author Diane Ehrensaft writes that “for most, birth sex and gender identity match, which is referred to as being “cisgender”. But in some cases, children’s gender identity – how they feel about themselves – differs from their biology. Some know their gender identities and birth sexes don’t match almost as soon as they begin to talk. It can be as simple as wishing to swap one gender for another – “I was born a girl, but I’m really a boy”. For others, their sense of gender exists between male and female, at various points along what’s known as the gender spectrum.”
Furthermore, the concept is now becoming a part of everyday life as the Oxford English Dictionary has included the gender-neutral title ‘Mx’. Meanwhile Facebook has added a ‘Custom’ option to its gender setting and offers more than seventy gender choices.
In addition, a survey recently found that 81% of teenagers born between 1995 and 2003 were in agreement that gender does not define a person.
(Information sourced from Telegraph.co.uk)