The labels we use to describe gender identities are growing and expanding, because, as humans, our ability to understand each other is also growing and expanding.
On this page is a list of 25 of these genders. But that doesn’t mean 25 is the sum total of all the genders.
So how many genders are there?
The answer to this question isn’t two. It’s not four. It’s not 13, 25, or 58. The truth is: there are infinite genders.
Gender is about a person’s sense of self, and each individual person is likely to experience gender differently.
Gender identity labels are simply ways for us to relate to each others’ different experiences, and describe our own more clearly.
And while many people are men and many people are women—the binary genders that we’re most familiar with—there are also many people for whom those terms just aren’t accurate.
Which gender identities are on this list?
It would be impossible for me to list every single gender on this page, but I do regularly keep this page up to date with newly-established gender identities.
Gender identity labels are evolving in ongoing discussions among the trans and nonbinary community worldwide, and I’m adding labels to this list as they gain traction in that conversation—and as I come to a clear enough understanding to be able to briefly describe them.
Each one has intricate nuances and variations, and even—most likely—its own gender pride flag. There’s a huge amount to know about each one, and our understanding is still massively expanding. But for this article, I’m keeping the descriptions brief to give you a quick at-a-glance view.
This page is specifically focused on gender identities: the gender terms people use to describe who they are. But there’s a lot of other vocabulary related to gender that can help you gain more context.
Each gender identity is not necessarily exclusive to the others. Many people identify with multiple labels on this list. Take me for example: the words agender, nonbinary, neutrois, transgender, and genderqueer all apply.
Over time I’ll be writing articles about each of the identities listed below, so think of this page as a sort of index that you can reference and go deeper on any specific term if you like.
Gender identities in alphabetical order
- Agender: a person who has no sense of gender. Also sometimes called genderblank or gendervoid.
- Androgyne: a person whose gender is a combination of male and female (though not necessarily in equal amounts)
- Aporagender: a gender identity describing people who have a strong sense of gender that isn’t specifically male or female. This umbrella term includes gender identities like androgyne and maverique.
- Autigender: a person whose experience of gender is directly related to their experience of the world as a person with autism
- Bigender: a person who has two genders they switch between or experience simultaneously
- Cisgender: a person whose gender identity matches with the gender they were assigned at birth
- Demiboy: A person who is somewhat male, but not entirely
- Demigirl: a person who is somewhat female, but not entirely
- Genderfluid: a person whose gender shifts between multiple genders in a fluid way
- Genderflux: a person whose gender fluctuates in intensity.
- Genderqueer: an umbrella term for a person whose gender is not strictly male nor strictly female (sometimes used synonymously with nonbinary)
- Gender questioning: a person who is questioning whether or not they really are cisgender, but is not certain about their gender identity.
- Man: a person who identifies with the male gender. May be either trans or cisgender.
- Maverique: a gender that is neither male nor female, but still a very present gender—just something entirely different.
- Neutrois: A person whose gender is neutral or absent. Neutrois is an umbrella term which includes a variety of genders, including agender.
- Nonbinary: a person whose gender is outside the gender binary; not strictly male nor strictly female
- Pangender: a person whose gender identity spans multiple genders. May consider themselves a member of all genders.
- Polygender: a person who has two or more genders that they switch between or experience simultaneously (includes bigender and trigender)
- Third gender: a term used similarly to nonbinary to refer to people whose gender identity isn’t strictly male or female, but is either somewhere in between, a combination of both, no gender at all, or something else entirely.
- Transfeminine: a person who is transgender in the direction of femininity, but may or may not be a woman.
- Transgender: a person whose gender identity does not match the gender they were assigned at birth.
- Transmasculine: a person who is transgender in the direction of masculinity, but may or may not be a man.
- Trigender: a person who has three genders they switch between or experience simultaneously.
- Two-spirit: a gender identity specific to indigenous peoples that transcends western views of gender. It describes someone whose body holds both a male and female spirit.
- Woman: a person who identifies with the female gender. May be either trans or cisgender.
The list is still growing
As it becomes less taboo for us as a society to start talking about our gender identities, more are coming to light. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and I’ll be adding more to it as I learn more.
You can help. Know of any gender identities that are missing from this list? Let me know in the comments.