Non-binary (nonbinary, NB, enby) serves as an umbrella term to refer to a range of gender diverse identities and expressions that do not fall within the gender binary of 'male' and 'female'. The terms used to describe these gender identities are constantly evolving and reflect personal gender identity, experience and expression.
• have no gender (e.g. gender neutral, non-gendered, genderless, agender, neuter, neutrois);
• incorporate aspects of both man and woman (e.g. mixed gender, sometimes pangender, androgynous);
• are to some extent, but not completely, one gender (e.g. demi man/boy, demi woman/girl);
• are of a specific additional gender (either between man and woman or otherwise additional to those genders, e.g. third gender, other gender, sometimes pangender);
• move between genders (e.g. bigender, gender fluid, sometimes pangender);
• move between multiple genders (e.g. trigender, sometimes pangender);
• disrupt the gender binary of women and men (e.g. genderqueer, genderfuck).
Source: The Palgrave handbook of the psychology of sexuality and gender
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