What are the differences between genderqueer versus nonbinary gender identities?

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In this article we will discuss what is the difference between genderqueer and non-binary. 

We will also explore what gender identity is and what are the different types of genders that exist.

What are the differences between genderqueer versus nonbinary gender identities?

The terms genderqueer and nonbinary are two unbrella terms that are used interchangeably and that which tend to overlap. 

Some individuals use them together, understand them as one and the same, while other debate that they are different.

The defining difference between the two terms is that, Non-binary is a term that is used to describe any gender idenity that does to fall under the category ofeither man or woman. 

This means that people of this group do not identity as man or woman, either aligned or not alligened with their sex assigned at birth. 

On the other hand, Genderqueer refers to the umbrella term that covers indidvdiuasl who’s gender ideneity is experienced as fluid. 

They believe that their gender identities move from one end of the spectrum to the other, changes over time, and intensity. 

When it comes to how they related to each other, a non-binary gender idenity can fall under the term genderqueer where as the genderqueer identity might not always fall under non-binary. 

Another aspect of the difference between the two is the fact that genderqueer has political roots to it’s origins because of the use of the word “queer” in the term. Where as when it comes to non-binary, there is no such orign.

Genderqueer people can use various pronouns as well as gendered pronouns where as non-binary individuals might not use gendered pornonous and use the pronouns “they/them” or other neopronous instead. 

What is genderqueer?

Genderqueer is an umbreall term used by the LGBTQA+ community to describe or express their gender.

Genderqueer refers to the various gender experinces and identities where the indidvdiausl experiences does not aligned with their sex nor with their gender assigned at birth. 

It includes indvdiduals who do not fit under cis nor under trans expereinces and they are alligned with a non-binary gender identity. 

So, an indidvdiaul who is gender queer might identiy outside of the gender binary, between the binary, as well as fluctuate, and also not experience any gender. 

Generally, they are used to describe individuals who experience their gender as fluid, shifting or moving and also used to describe individuals who are currently questioning and exploring their gender identity. 

Genderqueer idenity rejects the idea that there are binaries to how gender is identiifed and expressed. Infact a person who is gender queer might idenify as one gender and express theismelf as something else. 

People who are genderqueer can idenity and express themselves in any number of different ways- they do not have to fit a certain mould to be genderqueer, as long as they do it in a way that expresses themselves authentically. 

There are many identities that fall under the genderqueer umbrella.Such identities include:

  • agender
  • bigender
  • pangender
  • gender fluid
  • androgynous
  • neutrois
  • demigender

What is non-binary?

Non-binary refers to a gender idenitty in which the indivdidual does not identity solely as either of the gender binaries- male or female. 

Individuals with this gender identity might identify as a bit of both or neither of both but never one or the other. In fact some people under this umbrella term might not even identify with any gender and consider themslevs as genderless. 

The term itself cam nean different things however, at the base of it it basically means the indidvdiual who idneitires as a non-binary, their gender experince, cannot be descibed as either man or woman exclusively. 

This term empcompasses many gender ideneities that does not fit into the “gender is of only two kinds” narrative and it is a phenonment that has been present for centuries, in various cultures, across time and human race. 

Non-binary is a term that destroyes the notion of gender and pushes the idea that gender is a social construct and hence it is not just one or the other but in fact, gender is a spectrum of many kinds, intensities, and also combinations other than benign specifically male or female.  

When it comes to the question of their sexual idenitity, an indidvdiaul who is non-binary will not idenitify with their sex assigned at birth nor their idenitty assigned at birth. 

What is gender identity?

Gender identity refers to the terms that distinguish a person’s gender. It is what the individual who experiences their unique gender uses to identify their gender. 

Gender, as we all know is no longer considered the same as sex. It is now understood that it is inherently different and these two distinct concepts can be different in an individual.

This means that they need not align. A person can have the male anatomy while identifying as someone who has no gender that they identity with- and in this case, they will most probably identity as agender, 

While the genetic factors or biological factors define a person’s sex, gender is a social construct whcih means that is is not written in stone and that a person can have a gender identity only they can determine. 

Gender identity is a personal experience, and it cannot be determined by someone or something else outside of the person. 

Another important thing that we must understand is that gender is not limited to binary genders, this means that it is not only restricted to being a man or a woman. 

Gender is more than just binary categories and an individual can have more than one gender or identify with no gender at all. 

According to The Trevor Project gender consists of the following concepts:

  • The gender identity, which is what the person experiences and identities as in terms of their gender. 
  • Gender expression which consists of how an individual expresses themselves to themselves and to other people. A person might express themslwves as either in a masculine way or in a non-binary way. 

This will include aspects such as mannerisms, clothing styles, names, and pronoun choices, and basic conduct with respect to their gender. 

What are the different types of gender identity?

Here is a brief list of some of the more commonly known gender identities:

  • Agender where the individual does not identify as either female or male and also, possibly, not identify with any gender at all.
  • Androgyne is a term where individuals identify as both female and male.
  • Bigender where indidvdiuals identify as bigender, you identify with two genders.
  • Cisgender where the indidviausl identies with the sex they are born with, that means their gender identity and sex allign. 
  • Gender expansive where the individual does not fit their cultural standardised definitions of gender and their gender broadens the cultural expectations or limitations placed  by society on their gender. 
  • Gender fluid is a term where the individual can express themselves either outside, within, or between their societal gender expectations. 
  • Gender outlaw where individuals who identify as gender outlaw, refuse to let society define your gender.
  • Genderqueer where their gender identity is not aligned with the societal expectations (or “norms”) that are placed on your assigned sex.
  • Non-binary where the indidvaiusl does not identity with either male or female but they identify their gender as something other than these two binary genders. 
  • Omnigender where individuals identify and experience all genders.
  • Polygender/pangender where individuals identify as having parts of or experience more than one gender.
  • Transgender/trans where indidvdiuals are born with a sex that is not what they identify with. Another term that is used for this cohort of indidvdiuals is non-binary or gender nonconforming.
  • Novigender is a gender identity that is used by individuals who do not feel like their  gender can be described using existing categories due to its complexity.
  • Librafluid refers to a gender identity where the individual is mostly agender but also has a strong connection to other genders. 
  • Aliagender is a gender identity that describes a gender experience that is separate, different, and distinct from the experience of any other existing gender identities or constructs. 
  • Aporagender  is a gender identity that describes a gender experience that is separate, different, and distinct from the experience of any other existing gender identities or constructs. 

This list is not exhaustive and there are plenty more gender identities that are being identified and realised as individuals learn more about themselves and express their gender realities on their own terms. Gender identity is something that can be constantly evolving. None of the following terms are all-inclusive or finite.  


This blog discussed what aporagender is.

We also discussed the history and development of the term, gender identity is and the different types of identities present. 

How do I know if Im genderqueer?

Here are a few signs that could indicate that you are genderqueer:

  • You do not related to your assigned at birth sex all the time.
  • You might feel more male one day while other gender some other days. 
  • You might find it uncomfortable to be labelled with your assigned at birth pronouns
  • You find it uncomfortable when someone assumes your gender
  • You express your gender in different ways and at times both masculine and finemine at the same time. 
  • You might exterpeince gender dysphoria where you feel like your assigned at birth sex does not allign with your gender identitiy.

These are just some of the signs that you might experience if you think you are bigender, however this list is not exhaustive and it is not all-inclusive because the way one experiences their gender is unique and different. 

What do Neopronouns mean?

Neopronouns are real because like all socially constructed concepts, they are real if they have meaning and are being used by people to make their lives easier. 

What are the pronouns for agender?

Agender people often use the They/Them pronoun set. 

How do I know what pronouns I am?

Your pronouns come with the gender that you identify with. So if you identify as being a woman, your pronouns are she, her. 

However if you identity with a non-binary, non-conforming gender then your prononous can be they/their as well as new neo-prononous such as ze/hirs.


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