There are a variety of gender identities that allow people to identify their preferences in love. Not only are there gender identities that relate directly to the two “natural” sexes of people (male and female), but dozens of identities exist that allow a person to catalog their gender. While these designations, like all tags, are limiting, you often need to know what you feel about your attraction to other people.
In recent years, new terms have emerged to add to the “LGBTQI+” collective. That “+”, which is after the acronym “LGBTIQ”, stands for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Intersex, and Queer“. It would be impossible to add the acronyms of the words corresponding to the other 76 gender expressions. Below, we will explain the 64 genders and identities that allow people to pigeonhole themselves into a term that represents them.
What is the difference between gender and sex?
Many people wonder what the difference between gender and sex is, and it is not for nothing since they can be confused due to their similarities. However, gender refers to a person’s behavior within society. A person’s gender may vary according to personal or cultural experiences within the population.
That is, gender is a social and cultural construct that describes the behavior of a person’s feelings, desires, tastes, intellect, emotions, and affections. Gender identity is separate from a person’s sex and refers to the personal identity of human beings.
On the other hand, sex is the designation given to a newborn after leaving the mother’s womb, i.e., “male” or “female,” “boy” or “girl.” As the child grows up, they may exhibit “non-heteronormative” behaviors, which may mean or feel that they have an identity other than the one indicated by their genitalia.
To summarize, gender refers to the psychological identification of each person, while sex is limited to the two physical forms according to genitalia: male or female.
What are the types of gender identity?
As mentioned, there are at least 76 types of genres, and more may be discovered with time and studies. For now, this is the gender identity list:
- Abinary: This gender is not identified with masculinity or femininity but is recognized as a gender unrelated to the binary.
- Abinariflux: It is a group of several non-binary and fluctuating genera.
- Absorgender: The person feels that their gender changes according to the person they are with, that is, “absorbs” someone else’s gender. The more people there are, the more confusing it is for the person who is absogender because there are so many gender diversities that maximum confusion occurs, which can even lead to identity confusion.
- Accipiogender: These people are characterized by having grown up without any imposition on gender or with a neutral identity, so they cannot identify with a particular gender. However, they may discover it over time.
- Adeptogender: People whose gender identity was discovered because of the preferences of family members.
- Affectugender: This gender depends purely and exclusively on the person’s mood, i.e., neurodivergence affects their identity. For example, some people believe they are and act like children if they are in an emotional crisis.
- Affigogender: These people have grown up with the upbringing and imposition that they have a particular gender.
- Aftgender: People who no longer want to live in their body and with their assigned gender pronouns after birth and who feel the need to change to the other sex since they do not feel comfortable with the identification imposed on them from the beginning.
- Agender: No gender identity characterizes them, i.e., they are genderless or gender neutral.
- Agender X: Those who have no gender (agender) but feel a slight inclination towards a specific gender.
- Agenderfluid: These people do not feel they belong to any particular gender (agender).
- Airgender: Although they do not identify with a gender, they are part of a gender in which they feel as if they are air since they perceive a lack of something to finish knowing their gender.
- Altegender: This gender makes the person feel they are in another parallel plane, as in another universe or dimension.
- Ambonec: Non-binary people who identify as female or male but at the same time do not feel categorized in any of these two divisions.
- Androgyne: Non-binary people who feel male and female.
- Aporagender: Non-binaries who present an overall identity as if they are everything, but none are connected to the perception of male, female, or any other gender.
- Bigender: People (sometimes non-binary) with a dual identity, i.e., who may present several identities simultaneously or for a while each.
- Binary: A characterization that a person can only be of one of the two usual genders: male or female. Generally, this identity is the same as that of their genitalia.
- Biogender: People who feel a connection with nature.
- Blurgender: This feeling of emptiness can be generated by having more than one gender. It can lead the person to have gender dysphoria (which we will explain later) due to the confusion caused when distinguishing which genders are present.
- Bissu: People from Indonesia who have a transcendent gender and combine all genders into one.
- Cendgender: when the person’s gender varies between the current gender and its opposite.
- Cis: A cis person has a gender identity corresponding to their birth designation, according to their sex.
- Colorgender: people whose gender is due to shades and colors that present different objects and even emotions, such as green gender, pink gender, or blue gender, among others.
- Comogender: the person does not know what their gender is, so they have adapted to and accepted the gender they have been assigned since birth.
- Demiflux: One part of gender is fluctuating, while the other is aesthetic.
- Demigender: Division between two genders, in which the connection varies according to the person.
- Demi-girl/Demi-woman: People who identify as a girl or woman.
- Demi-guy/Demi-man/Demi-boy: Those who identify as boys or men.
- Empty gender: when a person feels empty and does not know what their gender is, they draw a blank if someone else asks them for their gender or pronoun.
- Endogender: Gender fluid but tends to a particular gender.
- Foodgender: This is a gastro-gender in which a person’s identity varies according to the food. It changes according to the sense that the food produces in the person, the taste, texture, and appearance.
- FTM (female to male): Transgender people who have been assigned a female sex when they come into the world but feel like a man.
- Gender vender: A person who mixes different male and female attitudes at any moment.
- Genderfluid/Genderflux: This gender varies over the years. It occurs gradually, from one moment to the next or little by little, depending on the person.
- Gender non-conforming: Those who do not feel identified with their appearance and do not behave according to their sex.
- Genderqueer: Non-binary gender in which the person has a strange and unusual relationship with their gender.
- Gender variant: This gender variable is given with behaviors that express how the person feels and does not do justice to the sex with which they were born.
- Greygender: People who do not feel identified with a particular gender but feel an ambiguity between feminine and masculine.
- Healing gender: this genre gives much tranquility and peace of mind to the individual when they recognize their identity, leading to immense gratitude, clarity, and security regarding their perception. In fact, some people become very creative because they have found a label for their gender.
- Intergender: A gender that falls somewhere between masculine and feminine.
- Intersex: people born with reproductive organs that do not match their identity and are neither male nor female.
- Lunagender: It is a binary, non-binary, xenogender, or fluid gender that changes during the period that lasts a lunar phase. This identity constantly changes according to the moon, although it can last longer or less, depending on the person.
- Maverique (maverick): when the person has a gender that is neither masculine, feminine, nor neuter, but it is a third gender, meaning not agender.
- MTF (male-to-female): Trans women who were assigned male at birth but now feel like women.
- Multigender: People who identify as female, male, and even a third gender.
- Neither: Are asexual people. That is, they do not feel sexual attraction to any gender, although they may have feelings of love for someone else.
- Neurogender: A gender considered affected by some neurological or mental illness.
- Neutrois: A neutral gender, meaning that there is no distinction between one gender and another, but these people feel as if they do not have a gender or that they do have a gender but cannot find it.
- Non-binary: People whose identity does not represent either women or men.
- Non-binary transgender: A person whose gender differs from that assigned at birth (male or female).
- Non-conforming: People who do not feel the need to pigeonhole themselves with any binary gender label.
- Omnigender: A person who identifies with several genders understands that they are different and can separate them.
- Oneirogender: Although it is not a clearly explained gender, it is perceived as an agender type whose person experiences dreams of being of a particular gender without the need to be of that gender or to suffer from gender dysphoria.
- Pangender: Those who, like non-conforming, do not want to be put in a position with a gender label. That is, they do not feel identified as either male or female.
- Paragender: People who believe they feel close to categorizing themselves with a particular gender, but something else prevents them from completely feeling that they belong to that gender.
- Polygender: When a person experiences more than one gender, either at the same time or witnessing a variation between them.
- Person of transgendered experience: People who have undergone operations and transitions to change to the opposite sex. For example, a person with female genitalia underwent surgery to have a male experience.
- Semi-genre: When a person’s gender is “split into two parts” that are different from each other.
- Third gender: The third gender is specific, in addition to the other two genders with which the person identifies.
- Trans: People of a specific sex are incompatible with their internal perception of their gender, so they do not feel identified with the sex with which they were born.
- Trans female/Trans woman: Also known as MTF, these are people born with male genitalia who undergo a transformation process and identify with the opposite sex to the one assigned at birth (male).
- Trans male/Trans man: A person born with female genitalia but who feels like a man and, therefore, his identity is male.
- Transgender/Transgender person: Those whose behavior or gender identity does not match the sex they were born with.
Besides these, there are more varieties of gender, these are:
- Transgender female/Transgender woman: A person who feels female but was born with male genitalia. These women often experience gender dysphoria, i.e., an identity crisis, because they do not think they are in the correct body but will later be able to transition from male to female.
- Transgender male/Transgender man: A person born with female genitalia but feels like a man or person with male characteristics.
- Transfeminine: Those trans people who have feminine attitudes and identify with female-related genders but also exhibit masculine behaviors.
- Transmasculine: Women, biologically speaking, who identify with the opposite sex.
- Transsexual: The gender identity of transsexuals does not coincide with the sex with which they were born. That is a female gender (with male genitalia) who feels trapped in a male body or vice versa.
- Transvestite/Drag: A person who uses clothing and apparel to disguise themselves as someone of the opposite sex. It may be for fun or because they identify with this inclination.
- Trigender: Those who identify with three genders. It can happen simultaneously, although they can also alternate between feminine and masculine and other non-binary identities.
- Two-spirit: Refers to people from India who feel that their God blesses their spirit to experience both male and female genders. It is a bliss from their Creator that allows them to see the world from the eyes of both genders.
- Vakasalewalewa: This refers to trans women in Fiji. They are people born with male genitalia whose attitudes and behaviors are worthy of the opposite sex.
- Vapogender: people of this gender feel that it evaporates and disappears, although it may reappear as something trivial. When the person wants to know more about their gender, it vanishes and leaves the individual feeling spiritual emptiness.
- X-gender: Japanese people who have more than one gender and are attracted to anyone, regardless of whether they are male, female, or other people who belong to the X-gender collective, although they can also be asexual.
- Xenogender: Non-binary people whose characteristics are not related to feminine or masculine but feel connected to something, which may be an animal, object, or concept.
What is gender dysphoria?
Gender dysphoria could be compared to an existential crisis, in which the person does not know what their sexual orientation is since they do not feel identified with the sex they were born with but are characterized by having attitudes toward the opposite sex.
This feeling of nonconformity and discomfort with one’s own body can lead to mental illness, such as depression. However, it does not always occur, and many people with gender dysphoria can live in conformity with their bodies, although not with their identity. A clear example of this is transgender people.
Some transsexual people need to change their bodies, as they do not feel represented by the genitalia they were born with. They are the people most prone to perceive this feeling of anguish and emptiness. Still, the transition from one sex to another can help to end gender dysphoria since the person would feel much more comfortable with their body after the surgical intervention to change the sexual organs.
Anyway, gender dysphoria is considered a mental disorder since it is included in a section of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM-5), belonging to the “American Psychiatric Association” (APA). This “disease” was created to help those who suffer from the symptoms of gender dysphoria, providing different medications and assisting these people in improving their mental health and feeling more comfortable with their bodies. Often, these treatments end in gender reassignment surgeries.
What are the pronouns for genders?
The pronoun is a term used to refer to a person/s according to their perceived gender (I, you, he, she, him, her, you, us, them). When we doubt a person’s gender identity, we often get confused because we do not know how to name them after seeing their physical appearance. This is a problem that can be solved with the correct use of pronouns.
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