Gender transition: genderqueer / nonbinary +

The concept of androgyny (being both masculine and feminine) has greatly expanded into a diverse range of genderqueer (GQ) and non-binary (NB or enby) identities.

Most genderqueer and nonbinary people take social steps to express their gender identities.

Some genderqueer and nonbinary people also take legal or medical steps to express their gender identities. These are not required, but some choose to do so. For instance, you can make a gender transition without testosterone or estrogen. It is your body, and you can choose which things you want to do and don’t want to do.

Identities

Possible identities include:

Genderfluid

  • Identify as masculine, feminine, or nonbinary 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.