How did you spread the word about this project? I'm so glad it exists!
I haven’t, really — as far as I’m aware, the only publicity we’ve received was an aside mention during an interview of the Microaggressions team. Other than that, it’s just thanks to people sharing and reblogging submissions.
I was worried about how my Mormon mom would react when some new neighbors moved in—a young pregnant woman and her girlfriend. I remembered talks with her when I was a teen, that the church taught that anything but heterosexuality was wrong. Then when Billy told us his name, and explained that he’d just begun hormone therapy for his FTM surgery and would be please use male pronouns, I worried how my mom would act even more. She’d also told me that God didn’t make mistakes and put a spirit into an incorrectly gendered body. Even though I’ve left the church and don’t agree with its teachings, I didn’t want to insult my mother, but I didn’t want her to say something awful or bigotted to this couple. I didn’t need to worry though, because my mom was quick to accept them without judgement and make friends with both of them (and now that their son is born, to spoil him rotten whenever they come over).
I asked her about it a while ago, and she told me that they were good people, wonderful parents, and great neighbors. And, even though she didn’t agree with some of their choices, everyone has to live their own life, and no one else has the right to judge them. I only hope that more people can see amazing families like my neighbors and treat them like my mom does.
The UK Deed Poll Service recently added the title ‘Mx’ to their list of options with the intent of accommodating people who are genderqueer. Deed polls aren’t legally binding or anything, but it means that there’s something very official to show people to prove that it’s a ‘real thing’. The fact that they mention on the site that it’s to ‘accommodate those who do not identify themselves as male or female’ also goes a way to boosting people’s awareness.