Gender transition: gender diverse people

The idea of androgyny (being both masculine and feminine) is now a much larger range of gender diverse identities.

Most gender diverse people take social steps to express their gender identities.

Some gender diverse people also choose legal or medical steps to express their gender identities. For instance, you can make a gender transition without taking hormones. It is your body, and you can choose which things you want to do and do not want to do.

Identities

Possible identities include:

Genderqueer (GQ)

  • Reject expected gender roles

Non-binary (NB or enby)

  • Reject a strict male-female binary

Genderfluid

  • Identify as masculine, feminine, or gender diverse at different times

Neutrois

  • Neutral on gender

Amalgagender

  • Gender affected by people with differences of sex development

Demigender

  • A partial connection to a gender (like demigirl or demiboy)

Bigender: 

  • Having two gender identities either simultaneously or switching between the two

Third gender

  • Many cultures have a name for this, like mahu in Native Hawai’ian, hijra in India or two-spirit in some Native American cultures

Pangender

  • Identifying with most or all genders

Agender

  • Lacking gender, genderless, or not caring about gender identity

Pronouns

MyPronouns.org (mypronouns.org)

  • A great overview of issues around personal pronouns.

Books

Genderqueer and non-binary genders

  • Great overview.

Resources

Genderqueer and Non-Binary Identities (genderqueerid.com)

  • Maintained by Marilyn Roxie. The best genderqueer resource online.

Transgender Law Center (transgenderlawcenter.org)

Gender Wiki (gender.wikia.org)

  • Collaborative gender-based reference work.

genderqueer (genderqueer.tumblr.com)

Neutrois (neutrois.com)

Genderfork (genderfork.com)

Exobinary (exobinary.info)

  • Maintained by Cory Dostie. Includes a section on vocab links.