Reading The Left Hand of Darkness as a Genderqueer Person

The cover of the most recent edition (from Penguin Random House)

Last week I was zooming with my mentor and, at one point during the conversation, we discussed my recent realization that I don’t fit into the gender binary. I’ve come to understand myself as non-binary (“enby”) or genderqueer (see https://pflag.org/glossary for more info). As often happens, our conversation also touched on science fiction and books we’d been reading. She asked if I knew…