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Bigender is a gender identity in which a person has or experiences two genders. The genders may be any combination of two genders, and those genders can be binary ("man" or "woman") or non-binary. They may be experienced simultaneously or may alternate, and they may not be experienced equally or in the same way. For example, a bigender person may be both a woman and a man, agender and neutrois, or non-binary and a woman.[1] Bigender is an identity under the transgender umbrella.[2]

Etymology

Early examples of the term 'bigender' appear as early as the late 1980s,[3] though at this time it was grouped under the "androgyne" label as "bigenderist". Definitions were rooted in the expression of "either gender role" or as "having two genders".[4]

Community

Some, but not all, of bigender people experience gender dysphoria, especially if the two genders have markedly different gender expressions.[5] As such, people might not relate to their sex assigned at birth, or find discomfort when others make assumptions regarding their gender or assigned pronouns.[6]

They can use any form of pronouns or neopronouns they like, even switching between pronouns (she/her, xe/xem) if desired.[5] Some bigender people are not specific about their pronouns due to the duality of their gender. However, some bigender individuals express their gender through the use of drag, as it allows them to express both the genders they relate to.[6] They may also feel or express a mixture of being masculine and feminine at the same time.[7]

Bigender Pride Day is held on June 17.[7]

History

The term bigender came into use in the 1980s, but rose in popularity and use through the online website Tumblr. The social media app Facebook has an option for users to select "bigender" when joining the app.[8]

Flag

The most known bigender flag was created by Tumblr user no-bucks-for-this-doe. The flag consists of two different pink stripes, a deep pink followed by the traditional depiction of pink. From there, a lilac stripe, a white stripe, and another lilac stripe. The last two stripes are baby blue followed by a deep blue. The exact meanings of each color were not specified when coined, though some assumptions have been made. One theory is that the pink stripes represent femininity, blue represents masculinity, purple represents a combination of male and female or androgyny, and the center white stripe represents non-binary.[9]

The alternative bigender flag.

An alternate version of the bigender flag exists, though the creator is currently unknown as well as the meanings behind each stripe.[9] It is assumed that the colors have the same meaning as the original flag, and that the yellow is added to represent non-binary, those whose gender exists outside the gender binary.[10][11]

Distinction

Genderfluid

Bigender is different than genderfluid, which describes people who can switch between their genders, or whose gender identity fluctuates. Bigender people typically only identify as two genders. They do not experience a third or fluid gender identity outside of their set two.[6] It is possible to identify as both bigender and genderfluid. However, while a genderfluid person moves between genders, a bigender person feels statically attached to their two genders.[5]

Non-binary

Bigender is also different than non-binary, with non-binary serving as the larger umbrella term for bigender people. A non-binary individual does not identify with either binary of male or female, while a bigender person can. They can also identify as both a binary identity and a non-binary identity.[7]

Media

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Resources

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References

  1. Hardell, Ash. The ABC's of LGBT+. Mango Media Inc., 2016. ISBN 9781633534087.
  2. Holleb, Morgan Lev Edward. The A-Z of Gender and Sexuality: From Ace to Ze. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019. ISBN 9781784506636.
  3. Brochure for the Human Outreach and Achievement Institute. The Human Outreach and Achievement Institute. (web archive)
  4. Bowen, Gary: "FTM Writings - A Dictionary of Words for Masculine Women" (1996-11-05). web.archive.org. FTM International. (content no longer online)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Boom, Kesiena: "What It Means To Be Bigender: Signs, Relation To Other Identities & More". mindbodygreen.com.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Queer in the World: "Bigender vs Genderfluid". queerintheworld.com.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Piñeiro, Sophia Melissa Caraballo: "Bigender Definition, Explained". cosmopolitan.com.
  8. Oremus, Will: "Here Are All the Different Genders You Can Be on Facebook". slate.com.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Queer in the World: "What Does Bigender Mean? + Other Bigender Information To Help You Be A Better Ally!". queerintheworld.com.
  10. "Wat is bigender?". weten.site.
  11. OutRight Action International: "Non-binary pride flag". OutRight Action International.
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