Genderqueer is a catch-all term for gender identities other than man and woman, thus outside of the gender binary and heteronormativity. People who identify as genderqueer may think of themselves as one or more of the following:
- both man and woman
- neither man nor woman (genderless, agender)
- moving between genders (gender fluid)
- third gendered or other-gendered; includes those who do not place a name to their gender
- having an overlap of, or blurred lines between, gender identity and sexual orientation
Some genderqueer individuals also identify as transgender, and may or may not wish for physical modification or hormones to suit their preferred expression. Many genderqueer individuals see gender and sex as separable aspects of a person and sometimes identify as a male woman, a female man, or a male/female/intersex genderqueer. Gender identity is defined as one's internal sense of being male, female, both, or neither, while sexual identity refers to an individual's enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attraction to others. As such, genderqueer individuals may be a variety of sexual orientations, as with transgender and cisgenderpeople. Genderqueer identification may also occur for political reasons.
"Genderqueer", along with being an umbrella term, has been used as an adjective to refer to any people who transgress distinctions of gender, regardless of their self-defined gender identity, for example those who "queer" gender, expressing it non-normatively. Androgynous is frequently used as a descriptive term for people in this category, though genderqueer individuals may express a combination of masculinity and femininity, or neither, in their gender expression and not all identify as androgynes, but the term has be applied by those describing what they see as a gender ambiguity.
Gender and pronouns Edit
Some genderqueer individuals prefer to go by the conventional binary pronouns "he" or "she", while others prefer gender-neutral pronouns such as one (pronoun), "ze", "sie", and "hir" or singular "they","their" and "them", instead of her/his. Some genderqueer individuals prefer to be referred to alternately as he and she (and/or gender neutral pronouns), and some prefer to use only their name and not use pronouns at all.