Challenging Genders: Non-Binary Experiences of Those Assigned Female at Birth

By | February 27, 2017

Challenging Genders: Non-Binary Experiences of Those Assigned Female at Birth
An Annotated Anthology


Cover Art Copyright© 2017 Daywalker. Cover Design Copyright© 2017 Boundless Endeavors.

Edited by:
Michael Eric Brown
Day Walker

ISBN-13:  978-0-9968309-6-6 (Print)
ISBN-10:  0-9968309-6-0  (Print)
ISBN-13:  978-0-9968309-7-3 (Ebook)
ISBN-10:  0-9968309-7-9 (Ebook)

“….This long-overdue manuscript provides an essential foundation for those seeking answers about the diversity of gender.

Shaun-Adrián Choflá, Ed.D. – Anti-Bias Educator and Scholar

“…outstanding educational and emotional work that will help to dissolve the lines that separate us as well as lift the curtain of ignorance that permeates this subject.Ms. Kari Samantha McAllister, Gender Lecturer, Library Commissioner, Hayward, CA


Challenging Genders is an introduction to non-binary individuals who were, in this case, assigned as female at birth but do not identify as strictly binary male or female. The book delves into a number of gender identities and what it means to be first perceived as a girl, then a woman and not identifying as either but instead identify as non-binary.

These are people who you meet and speak with every day. When you go to work, when you play your weekend sports, when you’re grocery shopping – they are there. They are your doctors, your teachers, your hairdressers, your attorneys, your neighbors, your friends, and yes, even your children, siblings, and parents.

Readers will learn about terminologies (including the ones defined by personal experience), common attitudes and perceptions in society, and issues such as pronoun usage, misgendering, gender expectations, and discrimination. Part I is concentrated on education, while Part II consists of the contributed stories of sixteen non-binary individuals who have chosen to share their stories with the world.


Michael Eric Brown is the Founding Executive Director of TransMentors International, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting trans and non-binary individuals in their day-to-day lives. He is known for his contributions both on and offline, especially in the realm of social justice and gender concerns.

A scholar who is interested in how people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others, Michael is working his way towards a PhD in Social Psychology in order to provide vital research on the lives of trans and non-binary individuals. As a professional freelance writer, he writes on a variety of subjects and engages his readers with his unique writing style. He has published a number of books on the transmasculine experience as well as other subjects

Day Walker was born in 1965 in Oakland, California. Their focus on Behaviorial Psychology has enabled them to provide deep insights into the transgender and Butch-Femme communities through their writing as well as gender related discussion on platforms such as forums, social media groups and conference panel discussions. For over 20 years they have been an active participant and Mentor in the Butch Femme Community promoting the dynamics of diversity and the spirit of inclusion within the Culture. Daywalker is Agender and now resides in the mountains of Northern California with their wife after having spent much of their career meandering through the Motorcycle industry. They have been described as a Hippy, a Modern day Philosopher, a Peace maker, a reflective Author, an Artist of the Fluorescence, and a Gender anomalous.