As our understanding of gender continues to expand, more and more people are embracing a wide range of labels. But what do these terms mean and how do they differ? Genderqueer is an umbrella term used to describe identities that don't fit into the traditional gender binary. The term was first used in queer magazines in the 1980s, before the emergence of the term non-binary. While genderqueer can be used to describe a non-binary identity, it can also refer to a person's gender identity or expression that is fluid.
Non-binary is an all-encompassing term for any gender identity that doesn't fit into the traditional categories of male or female. People who identify as non-binary may feel like they don't fit into either category, or they may feel like they are both male and female, or somewhere in between. Non-binary people may also identify as genderqueer, agender, bigender, or any other non-binary identity. It's essential to remember that everyone's experience with gender is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all definition of genderqueer or non-binary.
Ultimately, it's up to each individual to decide how they want to identify and express their gender.