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.


Possible identities include:

Genderqueer (GQ)

  • Reject expected gender roles

Non-binary (NB or enby)

  • Reject a strict male-female binary


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


  • Neutral on gender


  • Gender affected by people with differences of sex development


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


  • 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


  • Identifying with most or all genders


  • Lacking gender, genderless, or not caring about gender identity.
  • Related terms include:
    • Beyond the binary
    • Gender-neutral
    • Ungenderable
    • Void of gender

Pronouns (

  • A great overview of issues around personal pronouns.


genderqueer and non-binary genders book

Genderqueer and non-binary genders

  • Great overview.


Genderqueer and Non-Binary Identities (

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

Transgender Law Center (

Gender Wiki (

  • Collaborative gender-based reference work.

genderqueer (

Neutrois (

Genderfork (

Exobinary (

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