Exploring the Gender (Non)Binary
Keywords:Gender, 2SLGBTQIA , Qualitative, Artistic Exploration
AbstractThis research poster is a qualitative study exploring the experiences of ALOK, a gender non-conforming mixed-media artist of colour, and Jonathan Van Ness (JVN), a white settler non-binary TV star on Queer Eye and influencer using a podcast transcript from Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness of a conversation between JVN and ALOK. The research explores what stories and narratives ALOK and JVN use to describe their experiences as non-binary people, examines how those narratives construct their queer identities through an intersectional lens, and compares the experiences of ALOK and JVN with the gender binary through identifying shared and opposing themes. The findings are presented through found poetry, a method through which the research uses phrases from the words of the participants (in this case from the podcast) to write poetry highlighting the main themes and ideas. The found poetry and discussion highlights experiences of emotional pain and trauma due to the oppression they face, experiences of being “othered”, and the lack of acceptance both within and outside the queer community of their gender identities.
A L., Nimmons, E. A., Salcido, R., & Schnarrs, P. W. (2020). “Multiplicity, Race, and Resilience: Transgender and Non-Binary People.
Brintnall, K. L. (2021). Once upon a queer theory. Religion Compass, 15(3), e12388. https://doi.org/10.1111/rec3.12388
De Laur etis, T. (1991). Queer theory: Lesbi an and gay sexualities (Vol. 3). Indiana University Press.
GETTING CURIOUS TRANSCRIPTS. (n.d.). Jonathan Van Ness. Retrieved February 28, 2021,from
E. E., & Deckman, S. L. (2019). “We cannot imagine”: US preservice teachers‘ Othering of trans and gender creative student
experiences. Teaching and Teacher Education, 86, 102915. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2019.102915
Hickson, H. (2016). Becoming a critical narrativist: Using critical reflection and narrative inquiry as research methodology. Qualitative
Social Work, 15(3), 380–391.
Hussain, S. (2019). State, gender and the life of colonial laws: The hijras/khwajasaras‘ history of dispossession and their demand for
dignity and izzat in Pakistan. Postcolonial Studies, 22(3), 325–344. https://doi.org/10.1080/13688790.2019.1630030
Monro, S. (2019). Non-binary and genderqueer: An overview of the field. International Journal of Transgenderism, 20(2–3), 126–131.
Patrick, L. D. (2016). Found Poetry: Creating Space for Imaginative Arts-Based Literacy Research Writing. Literacy Research:
Theory, Method, and Practice, 65(1), 384–403. https://doi.org/10.1177/2381336916661530
Souto-Manning, M. (2013). Critical narrative analysis: The interplay of critical discourse and narrative analyses. International Journal
of Qualitative Studies in Education. https://www-tandfonlinecom.ezproxy.library.dal.ca/doi/abs/10.1080/09518398.2012.737046
Stachowiak, D. M. (2017). Queering it up, strutting our threads, and baring our souls: Genderqueer individuals negotiating social and
felt sense of gender. Journal of Gender Studies, 26(5), 532–543. https://doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2016.115081
Papers published in the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management must be the original, unpublished work of the author. Contributors are responsible for obtaining any copyright clearances required in relation to their work.
Authors submitting a paper to the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management automatically agree to grant a limited license to DJIM if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication. This license gives permission for DJIM to publish the paper in a given issue and to maintain the work in the electronic journal archive. DJIM also submits issues to institutional repositories and Open Access repositories.
Contributors agree to each reader accessing, downloading, or printing one copy of their article for their own personal use or research. All other copyrights remain with the author, subject to the requirements that any republication of the work be accompanied by an acknowledgement that the work was first published in the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management and that the DJIM Editorial Chair must be notified of any republication of a work first published in DJIM.
Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management
c/o School of Information Management
Faculty of Management
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3J5
Authors should recognize that, because of the nature of the Internet, the publisher has no control over unauthorized copying or editing of protected works.