I offer Public Universal Friend, reborn genderless in 1776, as a counterpoint to people who think non-binary identities are a new thing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Universal_Friend
@Kye "Who is they?"
@fourelephants Everyone is always asking "Who is they?" No one ever asks how is they.
@Kye hell yeah dude bigotry is rad!!
@Kye actual LOL at this given the pronoun discourse the quakers are most well known for today
@Kye i love it when people’s heads start spinning around me
Wow, that's so cool! The Public Universal Friend sounds like one of the coolest people ever. The Friend wasn't in the Nonbinary Wiki yet, so I'm adding the Friend to that Wiki now.
In the history of nonbinary gender: https://nonbinary.wiki/wiki/History_of_nonbinary_gender#Eighteenth_century
And in the list of notable nonbinary people: https://nonbinary.wiki/wiki/Notable_nonbinary_people#Public_Universal_Friend
@Kye I read a queer history book once that talked about them for like one paragraph but the author both deadnamed and constantly misgendered them. Thanks cis people!
I’m happy I got to learn about them though, the name public universal friend is so cool.
@worm cursed as heck
@Kye i absolutely love how wikipedia refers to them as "the Friend"
@Kye I love how wikipedia is like "others have viewed the preacher as transgender" - they are the literal definition of transgender wtf - It's like I'm sitting on a thing that has four legs and surface for sitting on and a backrest and saying "others have viewed this as a chair.... I'm not sure what it is"
@Kye gods i appreciate this person's name what a fuckin power name i can only hope to achieve this level of nonbinary aesthetic
@spiders Friend is another word for Quaker, but I'm sure they thought about how nice it sounded.
@Kye interesting to note how, as far as I can tell, the article dodges pronouns altogether
I guess this lines up with people writing "the Friend" in diaries and such - was the Friend no-pronouns, I wonder?
@Kye This is really cool. ☺️💚
@Kye I'll have you know I was haing a Really Hard Time TM tonight re: dysphoria, and learning about The Friend really delighted me. Thank you so, so much for sharing!
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