Non-binary gender

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The non-binary pride flag.

A non-binary gender (also known as being genderqueer[1]) is any gender that is not male or female. Someone who is non-binary might identify as transgender. Some non-binary people experience gender dysphoria.

The idea that there are only two genders (male and female) is called the gender binary. By extension, a non-binary gender is a gender that is not part of the gender binary.

Gender identity is separate from sexual or romantic orientation,[2] and non-binary people have a variety of sexual orientations, just as transgender and cisgender people do.[3]

Examples of non-binary genders include agender, bigender, and genderfluid.

Pronouns and titles[change | change source]

Some non-binary people may use gender-neutral words to describe themselves. Many non-binary people prefer to be called the pronoun "they" instead of "she" or "he". Other pronouns like "xe" or "ey" may be used, these are known to be neopronouns.[4]

The gender-neutral formal title that is generally used instead of "Mr." or "Ms." is "Mx.", which is pronounced like "mix" or "mux".[5][6]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Usher, Raven, ed. (2006). North American Lexicon of Transgender Terms. San Francisco. ISBN 978-1-879194-62-5. OCLC 184841392.
  2. "Transgender Glossary of Terms". GLAAD Media Reference Guide. Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  3. Stryker, Susan (2008). Transgender History. Berkeley: Seal Press. ISBN 978-1-58005-224-5. OCLC 183914566.
  4. "Gender Census 2020: Worldwide Report". Gender Census. 2020-11-07. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  5. Henry, Robin. "Now pick Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms . . . or Mx for no specific gender". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  6. "A Gender-Neutral Honorific". www.merriam-webster.com. Retrieved 2021-04-07.