Thinking About a Non-Binary Gender Identity?

In the mid-1990s, several years after coming out about my sexual orientation, i started to question my gender identity and eventually came out as genderqueer. Since that time, being genderqueer has become less and less unusual, although those of us who so identify are still a small proportion of the trans community.

Fish mosaic in Yards Park in Washington, DC.  Some species of fish spontaneously change sex.
Fish mosaic in Yards Park in Washington, DC. Some species of fish spontaneously change sex.

In fact, these days it’s so much more common to identify as outside of the masculine/feminine binary that the default term has shifted from “genderqueer” to the broader “non-binary,” which encompasses a host of identities.

If you’re thinking about your own identity and questioning the assumed binary-ness of gender in Western culture, you are not alone!

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