Have you ever given serious thought to your gender identity? If you haven’t, take a moment and consider it right now. How do you identify? Is your gender identity under the binary or non-binary umbrella? There are many important things to think about when considering your gender identity. One of them is your gender expression. Here’s something to think about:
Does your gender expression change or does it stay the same over time? This question can be answered by both children and adults. In this article, we will define what gender fluidity is and a few facts you should know about gender fluid people.
What is Gender Fluidity?
Gender fluidity is the fluctuation of a person’s gender identity, gender expression or both, over time. Sometimes, the change can be in identity but not in expression, or in expression but not in identity. Other times, both the identity and expression can fluctuate at the same time.
For some people, like the youth, gender fluidity may be an avenue to explore the spectrum before they can identify on a single identity or expression. For others, gender fluidity becomes part of their gender experience throughout life. Gender fluidity falls under the non-binary and transgender umbrellas. These categories describe people whose gender identity doesn’t align with the gender assigned to them at birth. Non binary individuals so not identify as either male or female.
It is important to note though, that not everyone whose gender identity or expression changes is gender fluid. Also not everyone desires to undergo gender affirming treatments to ensure their bodies are in alignment with their gender identity.
Is Gender Fluidity the Same as Sexual Fluidity?
Even though these terms sound similar, they are not the same thing. Gender fluidity refers to being flexible about the gender you identify with. On the other hand, sexual fluidity refers to changes in who you are attracted to. Sexual fluidity is about terms such as asexual, bisexual, pansexual, or asexual. Sexual fluidity is not fixed and doesn’t occur within only two categories.
What You Didn’t Know About Gender Fluid People
Gender fluid people aren’t limited to the pronouns they use. Some gender fluid people may prefer to use them\they pronouns. Others might choose neopronouns such as xe\xyr\xem, and others prefer he\his, or she\her\hers pronouns. For some gender fluid people, a change in their gender identity also signals a change in their pronouns. Today they might prefer to be known as he\his, and tomorrow, they may prefer to use she\her\hers pronouns.
Our experiences are different
no gender fluid experience is exactly the same as another. Some gender fluid people may experience fluctuation in their identities more frequently than others. For example, one person may experience daily changes in their identities and for someone else, these changes can take months or even years. However, this doesn’t mean that the person whose identities took longer to change isn’t gender fluid. They still are.
There’s no gender fluid ‘ look’:
just like many other LGBTQ+ identities, there’s no way to tell whether someone is gender fluid just by looking at them. You can only know whether someone is gender fluid if they told you so don’t make any assumptions just because they look a certain way.