Mark Snyder knew from a very young age that they did not feel entirely masculine nor feminine, although most people perceived them as a feminine boy. They say growing up, their parents were extremely supportive, and eventually, they came to the realization that they were a non-binary person. While many people know from a young age that they are either a boy or a girl, some people, including Mark, do not identify with either gender, and so they use a term like ‘non-binary’ and use pronouns such as “they” and “them.” It is Mark’s hope that through their advocacy with the Equality Federation, they are able to help advance visibility and awareness about non-binary people.
“Non-binary people are a part of America’s fabric: We’re in families, schools, workplaces, churches, and every community,” Mark said. “All of us, including non-binary people, should have a fair opportunity to enjoy our lives, provide for ourselves and our families, and reach our fullest potential without the fear of violence and discrimination.”