Beyond Binary: Nevo Zisin on Gender
Now a youth worker, activist, writer and speaker, Nevo Zisin has spoken widely about their experiences of confronting gender and sexuality within the queer and Jewish communities, as well as at home. They join host Fury for an unfiltered conversation about memoir, activism, fashion, self-expression and the view from beyond binary gender.
Zisin has experienced gender in ways most of us may not. Assigned female at birth, they came out first as queer, then as transgender – subsequently undergoing different medical interventions, and now identifying as gender non-binary.
While trans visibility in mainstream media has increased in recent years, the prevailing idea – for many audiences, the only one, even – has been rooted in the idea of being ‘born in the wrong body’. It’s an idea that falls short for Zisin. ‘I was born in my body,’ they write in their book, Finding Nevo. ‘I am not saying that is every trans person’s opinion. It is valid to feel that way. But I do not.’
Nevo is a Jewish, queer, non-binary writer, activist and public speaker based in Naarm/Birraranga/Melbourne. With a particular focus on issues surrounding gender, sex, culture and sexuality, they run workshops in schools and workplaces around trans issues. They are also the author of the award-winning book Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition, and a contributor to Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA stories.
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