Mission Statement

Our mission:

Beyond the Binary is a submissions-based magazine website, which aims to give non-binary people in the UK the opportunity to contribute and share what they are experiencing, thinking and doing. We recognise that there is a lack of non-binary representation in the media, and that often non-binary people’s voices aren’t heard. Beyond the Binary wants to re-balance that, and give non-binary people a platform.

If you have any questions, please contact the team at beyondthebinaryuk@gmail.com

Submit to the website

We’re are now open for submissions! For more information on submitting, please send us an email or view our submissions guidelines.

Beyond the Binary is run by non-binary people, for non-binary people. Whilst there is a core of writers and website management, Beyond the Binary aims to reach out and be relevant to as many people as possible, which is why we are a submission-based website, and welcome people who identify anywhere on the non-binary spectrum from the UK to submit articles or other media on a range of different topics, from real life, discussion and opinion, to reviews, artwork, and fiction. Please read the submissions guidelines and what we accept here.

More about the Beyond the Binary team.

Why the UK?

Beyond the Binary recognises that the majority of websites, resources, and experiences come from people in the US, and there’s not a lot of visibility of non-binary people in the UK. As such, this website is UK focused and run by a UK based team. Having said that, we are also aware that even within this small group of people, the voices who usually get heard are white, and we encourage and welcome people of colour to submit even if they are based outside of the UK.

What do we mean by ‘non-binary’?

Beyond the Binary uses the term ‘non-binary’ as an umbrella to catch and include a range of gender and sex identities that do not completely fit only man/woman, masculine/feminine, or male/female. We realise that language varies from person to person and space to space, and some people may not feel included by the term. There are no guidelines on what ‘non-binary’ is or is not, and we do not enforce one image or experience of being non-binary. We recognise it’s difficult to find a wording that encapsulates everyone’s experience of what non-binary is or means.

We also realise that the gender system ascribed to and lived in by many non-binary people is the creation of a white, Western society, and as such the term ‘non-binary’ may leave out people from cultures that have more genders than male or female, or different systems of gender. Though this is a complex issue to navigate, we welcome anybody to write about their experiences of identifying as another gender apart from male or female, in any culture and from any background. We welcome indigenous and cultural expressions of gender and gender identities, recognising that these experiences and identities are marginalised by Western structures of gender.