Androgyne is a non-binary gender identity. Androgynes may possess traits that are simultaneously feminine and masculine. Some androgynes have adopted an androgynous psychological gender identity, while some may still be questioning their gender or live with the social gender identity assigned to them at birth. Western society currently recognizes no set gender roles for androgynes.
Because androgynes have a non-binary gender identity, they might also identify as genderqueer and/or transgender. Androgynes can be of any sexual or romantic orientation.
Some androgynes are comfortable with their body "as is", but some experience gender dysphoria and may wish to undergo a physical transition. The degree of physical transition can vary depending on the person: for instance, one androgyne might wish to go on hormone replacement therapy but have no surgical alterations, while another might desire top surgery but no other changes.
In terms of social gender roles, most androgynes feel various degrees of discomfort with the social expectations of the gender binary. Androgynes may use a combination of feminine and masculine clothes to better communicate their non-binary status, but in general there is no "correct" way to present as an androgyne.
The following terms have been suggested to further describe and categorize androgynes:
- femandrogyne - an androgyne who feel more feminine than masculine
- butchandrogyne - an androgyne feel more masculine than feminine
- versandrogyne (versatile androgyne) or neutrandrogyne (neutral androgyne) - an androgyne who might feel a relatively even mixture of femininity and masculinity, or even none at all
These neologisms can be shortened to femandro, butchandro, and versandro or neutrandro.
Legal and Social Issues
In the United States, non-binary genders are not currently recognized, so legal documentation will reflect the gender that the androgyne was assigned at birth.
Androgynes, like many other non-binary people, may feel uncomfortable using gender-segregated spaces . This can include school and community organizations and even public bathrooms. They may experience social stigma, isolation, and verbal and/or physical abuse. All of these issues can have a severe impact on an androgyne's mental health.