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Gender & Sexuality Studies

Tips and resources for research in broad areas of focus: women's, men's, gender, and sexuality studies.

Definintions

Genderqueer: Genderqueer people typically reject notions of static categories of gender and embrace a fluidity of gender identity and often, though not always, sexual orientation. People who identify as "genderqueer" may see themselves as being both male and female, neither male nor female or as falling completely outside these categories.

 

Non-Binary (NB or enby): Anything that falls outside of the binary system (see definition above). Intersex, genderqueer, and bisexuality are all examples of non-binary identities.

 

Adapted from http://www.hrc.org/resources/glossary-of-terms and https://www.thetrevorproject.org/trvr_support_center/glossary/

"Some people have a gender which is neither male nor female and may identify as both male and female at one time, as different genders at different times, as no gender at all, or dispute the very idea of only two genders. The umbrella terms for such genders are 'genderqueer' or 'non-binary' genders. Such gender identities outside of the binary of female and male are increasingly being recognized in legal, medical and psychological systems and diagnostic classifications in line with the emerging presence and advocacy of these groups of people. Population-based studies show a small percentage – but a sizable proportion in terms of raw numbers – of people who identify as non-binary."

From International Review of Psychiatry. Feb2016, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p95-102. 8p.

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