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Unveiling the Marvelous Spectrum: A Guide to Nonbinary Identities

by Shimmer 🌞 on December 27, 2023

Hey there, fabulous friends! Shimmer here, your trusty guide to the enchanting world of nonbinary identities. Today, we're diving into the shimmering depths of gender inclusivity, exploring the myriad ways people express their gender beyond the binary norms. So buckle up, because we're about to embark on a journey through the marvelous spectrum of nonbinary identities.

What in the World is Nonbinary?

Alright, let's start with the basics. Nonbinary is the magical umbrella term that welcomes everyone whose gender journey takes a detour from the traditional "I'm 100% a man all the time" or "I'm 100% a woman all the time" highways. It's the realm of endless possibilities, where individuals are free to navigate their own unique path, embracing the fullness of their authentic selves.

Nonbinary identities have mostly been exposed in the mainstream through the cultural conversation around pronouns. This is a great conversation to be had, but being nonbinary isn't about pronouns, it's about the person beneath them. Think of pronouns as the sparkly wrapping paper on the gift that is someone's gender. Each person wears their pronouns differently, so the language is more poetry than definition. There are nonbinary people of every pronoun. The most important thing is how you *think* about a person, and language is descriptive of thought.

That being said, language and poetry are useful tools in understanding self, others, and how everyone relates and resonates.

A Whirlwind Tour of Nonbinary Descriptors

Now, let's take a closer look at some of the fabulous identities that fall under the nonbinary umbrella. Remember, this is just a snippet—there's a whole galaxy of identities out there. So, approach with an open heart, a willingness to learn, and curiosity.


1. Agender:

   - Definition: Folks identifying as agender feel a lack of gender or a neutral space. The whole concept of gender doesn’t excite or resonate– agender people often feel like their personhood has nothing to do with gender.


2. Genderfuck:

   - Definition: Genderfuck individuals challenge and redefine societal expectations, embracing a gender that's a direct rebellion against gender norms.


3. Genderqueer:

   - Definition: People use this term in a couple different ways. Some describe it as an experience of gender that feels like a single, nonbinary gender– so, someone who has a distinct gender, but it happens to not fall under “man” or “woman,” at least not completely. Others use this word to mean something more similar to “genderfuck”-- using “queer” in the sense that it is inherently transgressive.


4. Genderfluid:

   - Definition: Folks who identify as genderfluid experience a fluid gender expression that transcends the static notions of being 'always this' or 'always that.' Their gender shifts like a mood would, or comes in larger arcs of up to years.


5. Demigender:

   - Definition: Demigender individuals find themselves in a sweet spot between fully embracing a gender identity and drifting into a more neutral space. So, for example, a “demiboy” is someone who feels like their gender lands them right between “boy” and something else. One way to think of it is as someone who lives in a suburb of “boy city."


6. Bigender:

   - Definition: Bigender folks identify with two genders– sometimes they feel both at the same time, and sometimes they switch between them. Sometimes the two genders are “man” and “woman,” but this is far from always being the case!


7. Culturally Specific Genders (e.g., Two-Spirit):

- Definition: Many cultures have their own concepts of gender. Take Two-Spirit identities, for instance, a term referring to a collection of genders originating from many Indigenous cultures in North America. In these culturally- specific cases, it is almost always because of colonialism that these identities have been marginalized. 

Embrace the Mystery, Be Curious, Be Kind

Now, my lovely friends, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Nonbinary identities are as diverse as the stars in the sky. The key is to approach each person with curiosity and humility. Instead of trying to fit them into preconceived notions, embrace the glorious mystery of their unique gender journey.

Remember, the real magic happens when we let people unfold their stories in their own time and on their own terms. So, next time you meet someone rocking a nonbinary identity, celebrate their authenticity, ask questions with kindness, and enjoy the beautiful tapestry of human expression.

And there you have it—a crash course in the kaleidoscopic world of nonbinary identities. Until next time, keep shining bright, stay curious, and spread those good vibes. You're all stars in my book! ✨


<3 Shimmer