gen·​der·​queer | \ ˈjen-dər-ˌkwir How to pronounce genderqueer (audio) \

Definition of genderqueer

: 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

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Other Words from genderqueer

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 Query was re-elected to the statehouse as New Hampshire’s first genderqueer representative by a slim margin of 34 votes. NBC News, "Transgender representation to nearly double in state legislatures," 6 Nov. 2020 More people than ever before who openly identify as genderqueer and nonbinary ran for office — 13 candidates — and 31 percent of them won, according to Victory Fund data. NBC News, "Record number of LGBTQ candidates won in November, new data reveals," 10 Dec. 2020 Compared to 2018, the number of transgender candidates decreased, but the number of candidates identifying as genderqueer, nonbinary or gender-nonconforming jumped considerably, from 6 to 25, marking a 325 percent increase from 2018. NBC News, "Over 500 LGBTQ candidates to appear on November ballots, shattering records," 12 Oct. 2020 Kye Rowan created the nonbinary pride flag in 2014 to represent nonbinary people who don’t feel represented by the genderqueer flag. Claire Gillespie,, "22 Different Pride Flags and What They Represent in the LGBTQ+ Community," 18 June 2020 Leung, who is genderqueer and doesn’t fit into the binary of male or female genders, was in the middle of a legal name change when the pandemic shuttered the D.C. Superior Court in March. Kate Sosin, USA TODAY, "Trans Americans’ voting rights were already in jeopardy. The pandemic threatens to make things worse," 27 Aug. 2020 Jason Walker, a genderfluid and genderqueer person running for County Committee in Brooklyn and who was a plaintiff in the case, says there is a massive amount of pressure demanding conformity in presentation, speech, and engagement as a candidate. Elly Belle,, "The True Fight For Gender Equality In New York Is Just Getting Started," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of genderqueer

1995, in the meaning defined above

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7 Feb 2021

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“Genderqueer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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