Me, Myself, They: Life Beyond the Binary

Me, Myself, They: Life Beyond the Binary

by Joshua M. Ferguson


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Me, Myself, They: Life Beyond the Binary chronicles Joshua M. Ferguson’s extraordinary story of transformation to become the celebrated non-binary filmmaker, writer, and advocate for trans rights they are today. Beginning with their birth and early childhood years of gender creativity, Ferguson recounts the complex and often challenging evolution of their identity, including traumatizing experiences with gender conversion therapy, bullying, depression, sexual assault, and violent physical assault. But Ferguson’s story is above all about survival, empathy, and self-acceptance. By combining their personal reflections on what it feels like to never truly fit into the prescribed roles of girl or boy, woman or man, with an informed analysis of the ongoing shifts in contemporary attitudes towards sex and gender, Ferguson calls for recognition and respect for all trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people, and an inclusive understanding of the rich diversity of human identity. Through their honest and impassioned storytelling, we learn what it means to reclaim one’s identity and to live beyond the binary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487004774
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,314,992
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

JOSHUA M. FERGUSON (Ph.D.) is a non-binary trans (they/them) writer, filmmaker, advocate, and alchemist. In 2018, they became the first person to receive a non-binary birth certificate with an “X” designation in their home province of Ontario, and their advocacy on behalf of non-binary trans people has contributed to government reform in Canada. With their production company Turbid Lake Pictures, Ferguson’s filmmaking work includes the award-winning Whispers of Life; Limina, which was shown at festivals around the world and praised for its trans inclusivity; and the love story Henry’s Heart. Their writing and advocacy efforts have been featured in international publications including the Toronto Star, the Guardian, NBC News, HuffPost, VICE, BuzzFeed, Teen Vogue, and OUT Magazine. Ferguson lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with their partner Florian. Me, Myself, They is their first book.


Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Introduction: The Non-Binary Person 1

1 The Child 13

2 The Fluidity 35

3 The Survivor 47

4 The Alchemist 67

5 The Expression 81

6 The Body 95

7 The Empath 113

8 The Magic 137

9 The Geek 151

10 The Filmmaker 161

11 The Advocate 185

12 The Amazon 217

13 The Philosopher 225

Appendix I Glossary 243

Appendix II Timeline 249

Appendix III LGBTQ Support Resources 259

Acknowledgements 263

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