The editorial team are people who identify as non-binary with a variety of backgrounds and identities, who oversee the content on Beyond the Binary. If you are interested in reading submissions and sourcing new content for us, please e-mail Jade at email@example.com and we can send you a brief outline of the role.
Editor – J Fernandez
J is the Editor and founder of Beyond the Binary. They identify as bigender and a trans person of colour, working to decolonise their own gender narrative and story. They can be found sourcing content for the website and procrastinating on tumblr. They are passionate about The Hobbit, Gordon Ramsay’s cooking programmes, feminism and deconstructing discourse around trans identities. They decided to start Beyond the Binary after frustration about the lack of UK resources available (especially the lack of agency given to trans people of colour in the UK), and hope that this site inspired and uplifts trans people from all backgrounds.
Photo (c) Claudia Moroni
Assistant Editor – Sarah Gibson
Sarah Gibson is an engineering student, former Cambridge University SU LGBT+ trans* and intersex rep and a queer trans person of colour preferring none or neutral pronouns. They have worked on a number of high profile campaigns at their university and in the wider region including improving representation of trans people in Cambridge’s student media and de-gendering the university’s graduation dress code. Sarah’s work on the inclusion of trans people in sport is referenced by the Sports Council Equality Group and in the policies of sports national governing bodies as well as internationally. They are also a keen writer with their work appearing in Cambridge’s student run newspapers and magazines and a number of times in Gay Star News. For their work at their university and in the country as a whole, Sarah was shortlisted for NUS student of the year 2014. In their very sparse spare time, they enjoy being an athlete, cartoons from their childhood and playing the bass guitar very poorly and very loudly.
Sub-Editor – Lisa Gardner
Lisa is non-binary, identifying as femme and transmasculine and prefers s/he pronouns. Lisa lives in the West of Scotland and works in health and social care and is also a trained therapist. Deeply passionate about the inclusion of voices that are rarely heard; intersectional identities; bettering people’s understanding of non-conforming orientations and relationship dynamics. Enjoys: curiosity, creativity and people who are wise enough to admit that they don’t always have the answer!
Sub-Editor – Sami Çapulcu
Sami is a mixed-race genderqueer punk based in London. She spends her free time working on queer issues, feminism and Palestine solidarity.
Passionate science nerd. Lover of 90s teen coming of age films. Sleeps little and spends time reading anarcho blogs and perusing tumblr. IY music. Substantial mischievous and helpful streaks, constantly in tension.
Sub-Editor – Jos Twist
Jos identifies with a range of different gender identities that often fluctuate based on context. Their experience of gender is often tied to, and difficult to separate from, aspects of their sexualities, spirituality and politics. Jos is involved in various groups and events centered around queer spiritually and is currently involved in organising Queer Spirit Festival.
Most of Jos’s writing experience has been from an academic perspective, having studied clinical psychology to a doctoral level. Their thesis explored sexualities of partners of trans people, with a paper from this research winning the 2016 postgraduate award from the Psychology of Sexualities Section of the British Psychological Society. Over the last couple of years they have also written for magazines and websites writing on a range of topics related to gender and sexuality. They are passionate about providing alternative narratives to ones that position sexuality, bodies and gender diversity as shameful and pathological.
Jos is a big lover of cheese, quite time alone, buying more books than they have time to read, cycling in the woods and is the proud owner of a large collection of hats.
Website Designer – Maki Yamazaki
Class: Social Justice Rogue / Suspect Technopagan
Pronouns: They / She
Loves: coffee, cats, computers
Hates: creeps, cold, Incomplete Patterns
Although Maki Yamazaki’s diet of tech-wizardry is often a little more game-y, they leapt at the chance to help out with the Beyond The Binary website. Maki also spends a lot of her time composing, writing and recording music, and drawing comics.
For more info on other things & projects that they do, check out Maki’s website.
More biographies TBC
If you are interested in becoming an Assistant Editor or a Sub-Editor for Beyond the Binary, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org