gen·​der-flu·​id ˈjen-dər-ˈflü-əd How to pronounce gender-fluid (audio)
variants or gender fluid or less commonly genderfluid
: of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity is not fixed
Gender-fluid individuals prefer to remain flexible about their gender(s). Some dress in ways that reflect both genders at the same time, while others may express one gender one day and another gender another day.Kristin Cronn-Mills
The scene also reveals Stella as gender fluid—someone who identifies as both boy and girl, sometimes skewing more heavily toward one gender than the other.Mackenzie Dawson
Some genderfluid folks and drag artists use … "he," "she," or "they" based on how they're presenting.Delilah Friedler
gender fluidity noun
Gender fluidity is the ability to freely and knowingly become one or many of a limitless number of genders, for any length of time, at any rate of change. Gender fluidity recognizes no borders or rules of gender. Kate Bornstein

Examples of gender-fluid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Klaus Nomi, a gender-fluid German new wave artist who died of AIDS, for Austrian filmmaker Markus Schleinzer, who cast him in The White Ribbon. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 14 Jan. 2024 In other words, simply seeing more gender non-conforming and gender-fluid people and hearing their stories has helped people understand their own identities. Kimberly Truong,, 17 Dec. 2023 Schulman did not know what gender-fluid was, maybe some kind of liquid having to do with matters decent people do not discuss except with a licensed practitioner. Tova Reich, Harper's Magazine, 11 Dec. 2023 Two-spirit leaders and activists have made gains, Smithers said — in some cases, by successfully winning the right for gender-fluid people to participate in ceremonial events. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2023 Since its founding by artistic director Jeff Rane in 2001, the company has produced dozens of plays and musicals for gay, straight and gender-fluid audiences. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2023 What Texas Caregivers Should Know About Protecting Their Transgender Children Gender Fluid A gender-fluid person is somebody who experiences more than one gender, usually at different points in time. Thaddeus Cramer, Parents, 13 Sep. 2023 Androgynous and gender-fluid fashion statements pushed against conventional norms, with individuals embracing flowing robes, skirts, and off-the-shoulder tops with experimental cuts regardless of gender. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 28 Aug. 2023 With an appreciation for self-expression and empowerment, the brand sets forth gender-fluid pieces that feel equally casual and celebratory. Megan O'Sullivan, Vogue, 11 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1993, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gender-fluid was in 1993

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“Gender-fluid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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