Over the past five years Emergence co-founder ill/Invincible gradually began openly identifying as gender nonconforming (GNC) and using the pronouns “they” and “them”.

ill published a personal statement about this transition: “They: Statement of Nonconformity”, and has conducted a series of interviews with other inspiring individuals who use “they/them” pronouns, discussing the reason and meaning behind these pronouns and GNC identity.

ill and Wes Taylor have additionally developed and are sharing a new line of apparel for Emergence called “THEY / THEM”. With a series of hoodies with the printed with “THEY / THEM”, this apparel is a creative strategy for signalling the wearer’s self-identification with the gender nonconforming pronouns in an affirming and aesthetically bold way.



Kiley May