gen·​der·​queer ˈjen-dər-ˌkwir How to pronounce genderqueer (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity cannot be categorized as solely male or female
Genderqueer is a relatively new term that is used by a few different groups. Some people identify as genderqueer because their gender identity is androgynous.Laura Erickson-Schroth
genderqueer noun
Some genderqueers see themselves as a combination of feminine and masculine. Others (like me) see themselves as neither masculine nor feminine. Some genderqueers consider themselves trans and others (including me) do not. Shannon E. Wyss

Examples of genderqueer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In March, another past employee — who is genderqueer and uses she and they pronouns — alleged they were terminated after complaints from management about their use of gender-expansive pronouns. Dallas News, 11 Oct. 2022 About half of the 15 providers who have been most active in the coalition are transgender, non-binary or other than cisgender, Solomon, who identifies as genderqueer and non-binary, said. Kate Farrish, Hartford Courant, 10 Dec. 2022 But as Nino Strachey explains, Woolf was also influenced by the genderqueer society around Vita’s cousin Eddy. Alexander C. Kafka, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2022 And that self is incredibly genderqueer, trans, and unapologetic. Dory Jackson,, 29 July 2022 No child has an innate sense of being genderqueer or gender fluid. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 9 Nov. 2022 Major Arcana includes witches who are transgender, nonbinary and genderqueer. Kate Wheeling, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2022 For Zaya, that means seeing his two worlds, represented by his genderqueer partner and his mother, come crashing in on each other. Elaina Patton, NBC News, 1 June 2022 Scheherazade Tillet co-curated the show that centers Black girls as subjects, artists, and agents of their own lives in more than 180 works by some 72 Black women, girls, and genderqueer artists, ranging in age from 8 to 94. Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1995, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of genderqueer was in 1995

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Cite this Entry

“Genderqueer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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