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Non Binary Gender

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By Something ComplicatedPublished 4 years ago 4 min read
Non Binary Gender
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We often hear from non-binary people that a definitive gender identity is something that makes no sense to them. It is difficult to estimate how many people identify as either male or female, but it is estimated that about 40% of trans people do not identify as male or female. It is estimated that 40-50% (or about 1 in 5) of the trans population identify as non-binary, which means that they identify neither as "male" nor as "female."

Some non-binary people are gender fluid, meaning they can vary between male and female, and some others do not identify with either gender. Someone who is not binary may feel like a mix of both sexes, but they have no gender at all. Other non-binary people may identify as one or more binary genders (for example, someone whose gender has changed over time and who sometimes identifies as a girl (or a boy) and then sometimes as genderless), but not both.

Some non-binary people have a wide variety of gender expressions; for example, they can identify as fully binary in their gender identity, but fall somewhere between male and female in a gender spectrum or reject gender identities altogether. Others may have no gender at all and vary between gender dysphoria and gender expression, such as a non-binary individual identifying as a woman, even though gender is divided into two categories (male and female). Likewise, some do not identify as transgender, and others may not even have gender. Some non-binary gender individuals are treated as having gender dysphoria, although they could identify both sexes, while others are not.

Those who are not binary are usually born with specifically male or female anatomy, but they are not the same as those who were intersex or were born in an anatomy that does not fit the typical definitions of male and female. The NCTE says that most people born "intersex" do not identify with a particular gender, although some are intersex and are born both as men and women and some as women.

Non-binary individuals can also identify as sexual fluid, which is a term for a person who does not necessarily identify as a fixed gender. Identity gender is not necessarily defined by a physical gender, but intersex people can grow up to identify with a male, female or non-binary gender identity. Non-binary people might not identify as male or female, but rather as a good mixture of the two sexes.

A non-binary person who does not identify as trans can identify with the gender assigned to them at birth. A child can identify as cisgender at first, but later confirm their gender as transgender or non-binary. Non-binary people, such as a child who is assigned a gender at birth, have a gender identity that cannot be categorised as strictly male or female.

Non-binary, means someone who does not fit into rigid gender categories and is either female or male. A non-binary person can describe themselves as a mix of traditional genders, such as man and woman. While some individuals do identify as fully male or fully female, others may identify as non-binary, fluid or custom. An intersexual individual who identifies as intersexual can also identify as male and female. If an individual does not identify as any of these sexes, in some cases they may also choose a sex themselves.

A person can also be identified as non-binary if a person identifies not only as one or the other, like male and female at the same, but non binary is not limited to male and or female.

Non-binary people may not have sexual orientation, although can be attracted mainly by a single gender, usually most non binary people prefer to use gender terminology to express it, such as "androsexual" or "gynsexual."

Non-binary is used as an umbrella term to encompass many gender identities that do not fit into the male - female - binary, including gender nonconforming, gender queer, transgender, queer, and gender fluid. Pen-gender - identified persons have multiple gender identities, which may include gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, disability, sexuality or gender reassignment. There are several genders and identities, some of which could include a combination of male and female, and a variety of sexual orientations, such as bisexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). Although some people identify as cisgender (people who dress and behave in such a way that they defy gender stereotypes), "gender non-conforming" is often used as an umbrella term for this type of non-binary people.

Non-binary people may feel that their gender is either a man or a woman, or that it is fluid and completely outside the binary. Some people are non-binary and perceive their gender as either male or female, while others are gender neutral, gender queer, transgender, queer - queer or gender fluid. In other words, some people may not be binary - quibble, but not necessarily gender specific - and fluent.


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