Nonbinary 101

an umbrella term for gender identities

that do not

fall neatly within the

two-box system

of Western society

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Some helpful definitions

Assigned gender

refers to the coercive designation of a gender to a person’s visible anatomy that occurs at birth.

Intersex people

do not fit the constructed biological sex binary, due to their hormone levels, their bodies’ methods of processing and responding to hormones, their chromosomes, and/or their external and internal anatomy. They may or may not be coercively assigned a gender at birth.

Gender identity

refers to one’s internal sense of self in terms of gender.

Many people have an intrinsic sense of their gender, or lack of gender. Have you taken the time to think about your gender and why it is important to you? Some examples of gender identity are man, woman, agender, and genderqueer.

Gender expression

is how one can adjust their appearance and performance in society in order to self-express , and can be manifested in clothing, speech, mannerisms, and activities.

Though the gendering of these is arbitrary, we exist in a society that genders colors, clothing, speech, mannerisms, and activities. Gender is constructed by societies in order to give people roles to fill so they can contribute to the overall group. When power is associated with certain genders and roles, this can lead to injustice.

Transgender

an adjective for the gender identity of a person whose body is coercively gendered in a manner that is not consistent with their understood truth of their gender identity.

Cisgender

an adjective for the gender identity of a person whose body is coercively gendered in a manner that is consistent with their understood truth of their gender identity.