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What is genderfluidity?

Jun 14, 2020

What is genderfluidity?
  • Genderfluid people generally identify as a mixture of masculine and feminine, but they fluctuate between the two on different days, in different moods, or depending on how they feel at any particular moment. Some genderfluid people use he/him or she/her pronouns depending on how they are presenting at a particular time. Others use they/them all the time, or a mixture of all three. It’s important to respect however genderfluid and non-binary people choose to identify.

    Genderfluid people have a gender identity that changes, sometimes regularly depending on the day or their mood, or sometimes more gradually.

    Depending on the person, some genderfluid people move between gender identities and presentations slowly or rarely, while others can fluctuate even within one day. If you know or meet a genderfluid person, have an open conversation about how their gender changes over time and how they would like to be referred to depending on how they are presenting at a certain time. Remember- just because a genderfluid person’s identity may change quickly, that doesn’t mean their gender is to be treated with any less validity or respect.

    Genderfluidity comes under the non-binary umbrella, because it doesn’t fit neatly into the categories of ‘man’ and ‘woman’. Non-binary identities are generally considered to be a form of trans identity. But not all genderfluid or non-binary people are comfortable being described as trans.

    What do they look like?

    Some gender fluid people just switch between presenting very traditionally feminine and masculine, depending on the day. But that’s not always the case. Some genderfluid people move between presenting femme and presenting as agender or androgynous. There are lots of different ways to be genderfluid, all of which are valid, beautiful and deserve respect.

    The flag

    The genderfluid flag has stripes in pink, purple, blue, white and black. The white and black stripes represent identifying as either neither gender or both genders. The pink and blue represent identifying as traditionally male or female. And the purple stripe represents identifying somewhere in between male and female, or masculine and feminine.

    Genderfluid Pride Flag

    This is part of our official queer glossary – see it!

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