Fashion Knows No Gender—Here's Why

what it's like to live between genders

Photographed by Min Daejune.

The term genderqueer has been quietly floating around for over half a decade or so, but with the rise in trans visibility and the fight for gender equality, its buzz has gotten significantly louder. To identify as genderqueer means one’s experience of their gender falls outside of the male/female binary. To identify as genderqueer does not mean an individual identifies as transgender. The LGBTQ movement and rise in trans visibility in the media has shed light on the community and brought to forefront the insightful gender dialogue that fueled certain parts of Tumblr. The politics of the genderqueer movement are fueled by fashion, because what’s more revolutionary and educational than asking a genderqueer person why they’re wearing a skirt but don’t shave their legs? Or rocking a red lip with a full beard? Jarrid Jones and Jacob Tobia are two of the most outspoken genderqueer activists today, challenging our perceptions of what it means to be male and female. For most, fashion is a means of finding freedom and expressing it. For Jones and Tobia, as you’ll learn in the interviews ahead, it’s a means of harnessing that freedom and boldly proclaiming it with pride, to a world still stuck within the binary construct.