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Multigender is a gender identity where a person experiences more than one gender.[1][2][3] More generally, multigender is used as an umbrella term for any gender identity that involves more than one gender at a time.[4][5][6] This includes identities such as bigender, pangender, and can even include fluid identities such as genderfluid and genderflux.[3][4][5][6]

A person who is multigender can identify as any number of genders at once, including genders such as agender and neutrois.[3] They can also use whichever pronouns they want, and may or may not physically transition.[3][6] While people may identify as multigender by itself, it is sometimes explained that doing so is the equivalent of identifying as just trans without any further specifications, such as just identifying as a trans woman or some non-binary gender.[6]

Etymology

The prefix "multi-" can mean “many”, “much”, and “multiple”.[7]

Community

History

In a U.S. national survey of transgender people, conducted in 2015 with a total of 27,715 participants, 4% of participants reported that they were multigender (written as "multi-gender" in the survey). This means that 1,108 people who took this survey were multigender.[8]

Flag

The creator of the multigender flag is unknown, but this particular flag design was in use as early as January 16, 2016.[9] The meaning of the flag's colors are as follows:

  • Purple (top and bottom bars): Being both partially masculine and feminine at once[10]
  • Blue: Being partially masculine genders[10]
  • Orange: Being partially a gender that is outside the masculine-feminine spectrum[10]

Distinction

Polygender

Main article: Polygender

Both polygender and multigender have similar meanings, with both being identities for people who feel multiple genders. Because of this, they are often used interchangeably in some contexts.[1][2][3] However, some recent discussions and definitions of multigender use this label as an umbrella term for all identities that involve having multiple genders, while polygender is used as a term for a specific identity. By these definitions, polygender is a specific label under the multigender umbrella.[4][5][6]

Multisexual

Main article: Multisexual

Both multigender and multisexual make use of the same prefix "multi-", and both are used as umbrella terms for identities involving more than one gender. However, multisexual describes sexual orientations that involve attraction to more than one gender[11], while multigender describes people who are more than one gender at a time.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hardell, Ash. The ABC's of LGBT+. Mango Media, Inc., 2016. ISBN 9781633534087.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Trans Language Primer: "Multigender / Polygender". translanguageprimer.com. (Archived on March 20, 2022).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Mihran Nersesyan: "What It Means To Be Multigender: The Questions Many Have But Are Afraid To Ask" (2018-06-23). thebodyisnotanapology.com. The Body Is Not An Apology. (Archived on December 6, 2021).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Mere Abrams, LCSW, and Sian Ferguson:: "68 Terms That Describe Gender Identity and Expression" (2022-02-09). healthline.com. (Archived on March 9, 2022).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Meaning of multigender". queerundefined.com. Queer Undefined.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Alex J. Brimmer: "Multigender 101: The Multigender Umbrella" (Video) (2021-08-04). youtube.com.
  7. "Multi Definition & Meaning". dictionary.com.
  8. James, Sandy E., Herman, Jody, Keisling, Mara, Mottet, Lisa, and Anafi, Ma’ayan: "The Report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey" (2016). ustranssurvey.org. National Center for Transgender Equality.
  9. "Multigender (2)" (2016-01-16). deviantart.com. (Archived on July 28, 2021).
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "Multigender flag color codes". flagcolorcodes.com.
  11. The Trevor Project: "Multisexual Youth Mental Health: Risk and Protective Factors for Bisexual, Pansexual, and Queer Youth Who are Attracted to More than One Gender". thetrevorproject.org.
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