‘I just feel somewhere in the middle’: Non-binary individual discusses identification of gender and experiences in Surrey

It takes a great deal of strength to decide to declare yourself as non-binary but one individual from Surrey came to the conclusion at a young age after finding others in the same situation.

Thea Rogerson, 15, from Guildford, always felt when younger they did not enjoy being dressed up in clothing for girls such as dresses, but never leaned more to clothing for boys either.

And when taking to social media and finding others discussing the same thoughts they came to the conclusion that they were neither.

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“It was mostly through social media, people coming out online and sharing how they feel about identifying themselves, matching how they feel with how I feel and sort of clicking like that,” stated Thea.

“I don’t feel like a male or female but I don’t feel like the opposite one, so I just feel like somewhere in the middle.”

Non-binary gender is described as any gender that isn’t exclusively male or female. They may feel a mix of both male and female, somewhere in between, or something that is completely different.

It celebrates the individual rather than defining them into one sex and focuses on the person.

With more and more celebrities being more open about their sexuality or how they feel about their gender, it encourages younger people across the country to feel comfortable about who they are.

Thea said: “If you have a role model coming out as gay or something along the spectrum you can find it easier to come out yourself.

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“Because you look up to them and they have had the courage to come out and you feel you can come out as well because someone you’ve looked up to for a while has done it so why can’t you?”

Thursday (July 27) marked 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in England.

Even though progress has been made Surrey LGBTQ+ president Ricki Hewitt still feels there is a stigma attached to being gay in Surrey.

“I would not feel very comfortable walking around Guildford holding the hands of a boy,” he said.

“I do not feel that it would be accepted. But if I were in London I would be perfectly fine because it is part of the everyday culture of that place.”

But Thea admitted she did not feel marginalised in Guildford but friends have said otherwise: “Sometimes, like my friends, have had girlfriends and boyfriends that have matched their gender.

“And they have said they have avoided all physical…

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