Alex is wearing a badge. "Hello," it reads, "my pronouns are he/him and they/them."
"I'm definitely not a girl or a boy," says the 20-year-old polytechnic graduate, who has identified as gender non-binary since the age of 13. "I just consider myself to be a person, a human-shaped blob of gender. I am all-encompassing. I am the umbrella term.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 13, 2019, with the headline I'm neither girl nor boy: What it means to be non-binary. Subscribe