Genderqueer is an umbrella term with a similar meaning to non-binary. It can be used to describe binary cisgender and transgender people within the LGBT+ community who feel that they have a queer or non-normative experience with their gender. It can also be used to describe any gender identities other than man and woman, thus outside of the gender binary. Genderqueer identities can include one or more of the following:
- A combination of genders
- Neither man nor woman (genderless, Agender, Neutrois)
- Moving between genders (Gender-fluid, Oriengender)
- Third gender or other-gender
- Those who do not or cannot place a name to their gender
- Having an overlap or blurred lines between gender identity.
Some genderqueer people use that as their only description of their gender identity, while others also identify as another gender identity such as androgyne, bigender etc. Genderqueer people may also identify as transgender and/or nonbinary. Some genderqueer people may wish to transition, either medically or by changing their name and/or pronouns to suit their preferred gender expression (or both). Genderqueer people can have any sexual orientation.
Many genderqueer individuals see gender and sex as separable aspects of a person and sometimes identify as a male woman, a female man, or a male/female/intersex genderqueer. Genderqueer identification may also occur for political reasons.
"Genderqueer", along with being an umbrella term, has been used as an adjective to refer to any people who transgress mainstream distinctions of gender, regardless of their self-defined gender identity, for example, those who "queer" gender, expressing it non-normatively. Androgynous is sometimes also used as a descriptive term for people in this category, but genderqueer is used to indicate that gender norms can be transgressed through a combination of masculinity and femininity, or neither, and because not all genderqueer people identify as androgyne.
Notable Genderqueer people
- Maia Kobabe is a queer author and illustrator who is known for publishing comics based on themes of identity, sexuality, anti-fascism, fairy tales, and homesickness. Kobabe’s published comics include Tom O'Bedlam (2015), The Thief's Tales #1 and #2, and The Non-Binary Bunny. Kobabe has additionally published a graphic novel memoir called Gender Queer: A Memoir. Kobabe refers to e/em/eir pronouns.