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 Zisin is a 20-year-old activist, student, writer and public speaker with a particular focus on issues surrounding gender, sex and sexuality.
Assigned female at birth, Nevo has had a complex relationship with gender, transitioning as male, undergoing different medical interventions and now identifying outside of a female/male gender binary.
They work particularly with children as a youth leader and through running programs and workshops in schools. They are also a contact point in the Jewish community for other children and families confronting issues of gender and sexuality in their own lives. Finding Nevo is their first book.
Fury is a writer, agitator, feminist; a dreamboat gentleman, a no-good do-gooder, a dilletante scoundrel, a sweet talking sweetheart. They have written all over the place, including the Guardian, Overland, Kill Your Darlings and Vice. They have recently illustrated a book called No to Feminism by Bec Shaw.