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  • agender androgyne bigender Brotherboy cisgender demiboy demifemale demifluid demigender demigirl demimale demiman deminonbinary demiwoman gender variant genderfluid genderflux genderless genderqueer Hijra multigender neutrois nonbinary pangender polygender Sistergirl third gender transfeminine transmasculine trigender two-spirit
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    Nonbinary Identities (31)
    • agender

      A person with no, or very little, connection to the concept or traditional system of gender; someone who does not align with the traditional concepts of either being a man or woman, and/or someone who sees themselves as not having a gender at all (i.e. “without gender”), or an experience of gender that is not commonly understood.

    • androgyne

      A nonbinary gender identity associated with androgynous individuals; typically having a gender that is simultaneously feminine and masculine – but not necessarily in equal amounts. Androgynes may identify further as transgender, nonbinary and/or genderqueer.

    • bigender

      an individual that sees themselves as having ‘two’ or ‘double’ genders, either simultaneously or varying between the two. Typically these genders are seen as male and female, or, indeed, masculine and feminine, but may also include nonbinary identities. Bigender individuals may further identify as being more masculine/male or feminine/female leaning.

      Bigender individuals may present as androgynous, or present as more masculine or feminine dependent on circumstances or feelings. They may also experience a fluctuation in dysphoria.

      Not to be confused with bisexual or biromantic.

    • Brotherboy

      a culturally specific term in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lexicon to refer to transgender, nonbinary and other gender diverse individuals who have a ‘male‘ spirit and take on male roles within the community.

    • cisgender

      Somebody who is not transgender and/or nonbinary. An individual whose gender identity matches their sex assigned at birth; for example, a cisgender man is someone who presently identifies as being “male” or a “man”, and was also assigned male at birth. Cisgender individuals may also be heterohomobi(+) or asexual; it is not necessarily related to their sexual identity.

    • demiboy

      an individual who identifies partly, but not wholly, as a man/boy or masculine regardless of their designated sex at birth. This may be an individual designated male at birth who only identifies partly with being a man, or, a transmasculine person who identifies more with being male than female, but not entirely or to the point of identifying as a man.

      Alternative: demiman, demimale.

      Related: demigirl, deminonbinary

    • demifemale

      an alternate identity to demigirl.

    • demifluid

      an individual who describes their gender identity as only partially genderfluid. An example may be an individual assigned female at birth who feels part of their gender identity is statically female, but another part is fluid between male and nonbinary.

    • demigender

      a gender identity which comprises of the words ‘demi’ (half) + gender. Demigender is an umbrella term for the various nonbinary identities beginning with demi: e.g. demigirl, demiboy, deminonbinary, demifluid.

      Although the term linguistically states half, the idea behind demigender is that one identifies partly with a gender, rather than wholly, regardless of their assigned gender at birth.

    • demigirl

      an individual who identifies partly, but not wholly, as a woman/girl or feminine regardless of their designated sex at birth. This may be an individual designated female at birth who only identifies partly with being a woman, or, a transfeminine person who identifies more with being female than male, but not entirely or to the point of identifying as a woman.

      Alternative: demiwoman, demifemale.

      Related: demiboy, deminonbinary

    • demimale

      an alternate identity to demiboy.

    • demiman

      an alternate identity for demiboy.

    • deminonbinary

      an individual who identifies partly, but not wholly, as nonbinary.

      Related: demiboy, demigirl

    • demiwoman

      an alternate identity for demigirl.

    • gender variant

      an individual who is not gender conforming. That is, someone who is gender non-conforming; someone who may be transgendernonbinary, genderqueer etc., by displaying or possessing characteristics that are considered to be different to what is expected of their sex assigned at birth.

      However, some people may be perceived to be exhibiting gender variance or gender non-conforming, whilst identifying as cisgender. Individuals who have intersex variations may display characteristics of gender non-conformity, which may only become apparent during puberty.

    • genderfluid

      a dynamic mix between male and female, or masculine and feminine. A genderfluid person may feel to be a mix of masculine/feminine or male/female, on a shifting, fluid scale that may change back and forth or fluctuate over time.

    • genderflux

      a gender identity in which an individual’s gender identity fluctuates over time, or varies in intensity.

    • genderless

      as an identity, it is an alternative term for agender, but can also refer to the vast array of gender identities that are partly genderless or neutral.

      Elsewhere, genderless also refers to activities, clothes, traits, etc, that are seen in society as being gender-universal, that is, not prescribed, suited to or exclusive to one particular gender over another – that is, gender neutral.

      Increasingly, some people are choosing to raise their children in a genderless/gender neutral way – that is, in a manner that does not prescribe gender norms or expectations.

    • genderqueer

      a gender identity used to describe by people who do not identify as a binary man or woman; also used as an umbrella term for non-conforming or nonbinary identities, for example genderfluidbigenderagender, etc.

    • Hijra

      a recognised third-gender on the Indian subcontinent, comprised of people who are either eunucs, intersex or transgender. The Hijra go by many other names depending on the language, with a well-documented history.

      Many Hijra face discrimination, and during the time of the British Raj (when the Indian subcontinent was colonialised by the British), many Hijra faced persecution and prosecution.

      Hijra, as a term, is sometimes rejected by the people it describes in favour of other terms – but nonetheless, it is a cultural term that shouldn’t be applied to, or used by, people outside of that culture.

    • multigender

      a nonbinary gender identity and umbrella term in which a person describes themselves as having multiple genders, for example, being genderfluid, bigender, polygender, pangender, etc; this is opposed to being agender, cisgender or binary transgender.

    • neutrois

      a broad nonbinary/transgender identity in which individuals have a desire to make a gender neutral presentation; many define neutrois as being different to androgyne because whilst androgynous identities blend or encompass both masculine and feminine characteristics, those who are neutrois possess neither.

    • nonbinary

      a gender identity in which individuals do not identify as being strictly male or female. It is also an umbrella term for a wide variety of gender identities on the gender spectrum which are not strictly male or female; that is, as the name suggests, identities that are not binary.

      Nonbinary individuals are typically transgender, as they have transitioned away – in some form – from their sex assigned at birth, although not all nonbinary individuals may identify themselves as such. Many, but not all, nonbinary people have experienced gender dysphoria.

    • pangender

      a nonbinary gender identity in which an individual possesses and/or expresses all gender identities, or, possesses all of the broad gender categories: male, female and nonbinary/other.

      Pangender individuals may also further describe their gender with other identities, such as genderfluid.

    • polygender

      a nonbinary gender identity in which an individual considers themselves to have, or express, multiple genders.

      This is different to being pangender (having or expressing ‘all’ genders), agender (no gender) or bigender (having or expressing two genders, or simultaneously male/female). Polygender individuals may also identify with other nonbinary gender identities, such as being genderqueer or genderflux/genderfluid.

    • Sistergirl

      a culturally specific term in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lexicon to refer to transgender, nonbinary and other gender diverse individuals who have a ‘female‘ spirit and take on female roles within the community.

    • third gender

      A nonbinary and/or transgender identity in which individuals do not identify as male or female, but a third gender. Also an umbrella term for a wide-variety of gender identities.

      The term third gender has also been used in non-Western societies to describe individuals who fall outside of traditional gender norms, roles and expectations, and those societies and cultures that recognise more than two genders.

      Sometimes synonymous with nonbinary.

    • transfeminine

      an individual who was assigned male at birth, but identify with femininity to a greater extent than they do with masculinity.

      An identity in its own, transfeminine individuals may also identify in a multitude of other ways, such as being a Trans woman, demigirl, multigender/polygender, genderfluid, demifluid or nonbinary.

    • transmasculine

      an individual who was assigned female at birth, but identify with masculinity to a greater extent than they do with femininity.

      An identity in its own, transmasculine individuals may also identify in a multitude of other ways, such as being a Trans mandemiboy, multigender/polygendergenderfluid, demifluid or nonbinary.

    • trigender

      an individual that sees themselves as having ‘three’ or ‘triple’ genders, either simultaneously or varying between the three. Typically these genders are seen as male/masculine, female/feminine, and nonbinary.

    • two-spirit

      a term originating in Indigenous North American communities in 1990, to describe people who fulfill a traditional third-gender or gender variant role in traditional societies; the “two-spirit” relates to individuals who possess the traditional masculine and feminine qualities.

      It should be noted, however, that not all two-spirit individuals associate themselves with the LGBTQIA+ community.

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