Gender non-conforming (GNC) people do not follow gender stereotypes; they differ from their society's conventional binary expectations of masculine or feminine presentation. Gender non-conformity can encompass many things, such as gender expression or gender roles. It is typically apparent in people whose gender identity is a binary gender such as male or female, whether they are cisgender or transgender; for instance, a feminine trans man and a feminine cis man are both non-conforming with expectations of masculinity. The term is not equivalent to non-binary or trans, but some trans or non-binary people also identify as gender non-conforming. It is sometimes seen as an umbrella term for non-binary genders, such as in the initialism "TGNC" (trans and gender non-conforming).
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Perceptions and discrimination
The term "gender non-conforming" is sometimes regarded as derogatory. Other terms include gender diverse, gender expansive, and gender variant.
In the United States, results from the 2008 National Transgender Discrimination Survey suggested that transgender adults may experience more transphobic discrimination after transitioning if they are perceived as non-conforming. In the survey data, trans women were more likely than trans men to be perceived by others as non-conforming. However, the survey was not a nationally representative sample, among other limitations.
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