Happy Agender Pride Day, Pride Palace community!
The Agender Pride Day is one of the newest LGBTQ+ days of celebration and awareness and will be honored annually on May 19th. On top of celebrating people who identify as agender, the day also brings attention to all of the hate, discrimination, and injustices that agender people, like others in the LGBTQ+ community, face in their everyday lives. This hate must stop, and the more educated people are, the closer we are to stopping this widespread hate. If you identify as agender or know someone who does, always remember that Pride Palace supports you and is proud of you.
To honor this important day and the agender community, Pride Palace decided to answer some frequently asked questions and address misconceptions about the agender identity:
1) What does Agender really mean?
This is a very important question, and don’t be afraid to ask it! Agender individuals often identify as having no gender, although some consider their gender to be neutral. Agender can also be referred to as genderfree, genderblank, genderless, gendervoid, non-gendered, ungendered, or null gender. The agender identity falls under the nonbinary umbrella.
2) What pronouns should I use if my coworker, friend, colleague, etc. is agender?
This is also a great question. However, which pronouns to use (ex: he/she/they) will always depend on each individual and their own preference. Some agender people do prefer to avoid using gendered language when referring to themselves. Preferences will vary, and there is no right or wrong answer.
3) Is there an agender specific flag?
Yes, and we love it! The agender pride flag is interesting in that it attempts to be an umbrella for all of the different identities under the term agender. Both black and white colors represent the complete absence of gender. The color grey represents being semi-genderless. Finally, the green represents the nonbinary gender because it is the inverse of purple. We love the agender pride flag so much that it is available for purchase in our store!
We hope that these answers gave you some guidance and that you better understand what it means to be agender. It is important to always be learning new things, especially when this knowledge can make people less ignorant and more accepting. We are all individuals of our own identities and should acknowledge, educate and celebrate one another. If you identify as agender, we honor and celebrate you, not only today, but every day of the year.
Written by Paloma Pinto