Nonbinary Teen Barred from Opening Bank Account

Kaelin Farnish and their father, Keith (BuzzFeed)

Kaelin Farnish and their father, Keith (BuzzFeed)

Here’s your daily dose of LGBT+ discrimination: A Scottish Borders teen has been denied the right to open a bank account on the grounds that they do not identify with a sole gender.

Seventeen-year-old Kaelin Farnish tried to open online accounts at several banks, but kept getting stopped by the gender question. Farnish identifies as non-binary (i.e. defines as neither male nor female), and uses the pronouns “they” and “them.” Farnish was told at many of the banks that they would have to go to the bank in person to make the change.

As gender non-conforming individuals become more commonplace and visible, I hope that institutions begin making changes to policies such as this one.


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