gender nonconforming

adjective
variants: or less commonly gender-nonconforming \ ˈjen-​dər-​ˌnän-​kən-​ˈfȯr-​miŋ How to pronounce gender-nonconforming (audio) \

Definition of gender nonconforming

: exhibiting behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits that do not correspond with the traits typically associated with one's sex : having a gender expression that does not conform to gender norms A bill before the Legislature would amend the law to protect transgender and gender nonconforming people from discrimination in public spaces, such as hospitals, coffee shops, and retail stores.— Tom Bourdon

Other Words from gender nonconforming

gender nonconformity noun
Gender identity refers to an individual's internalized psychological experience of being male or female, whereas gender nonconformity refers to the degree to which an individual's appearance, behavior, interests, and subjective self-concept deviate from conventional norms for masculinity/femininity. — Lisa M. Diamond, Susan B. Bonner, and Janna Dickenson

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1991, in the meaning defined above

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“Gender nonconforming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gender%20nonconforming. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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