non·​bi·​na·​ry | \ ˌnän-ˈbī-nə-rē How to pronounce nonbinary (audio) , -ˌner-ē, -ˌne-rē \

Definition of nonbinary

: not binary: such as
a : not restricted to two things or parts nonbinary voting
b : of, relating to, or being a system of numbers that does not use 2 as its base nonbinary math
c : relating to or being a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely male nor entirely female … an effort to create more equality for nonbinary and transgender students across campus.— Phoebe Roe … many people with nonbinary genders use "they" and "their" pronouns …— Lucy Brisbane

Examples of nonbinary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To someone not engaged in or connected to a desire to be nonbinary, the quest may begin to seem like a search for extreme individuality that must somehow be recognized by others. John Torpey, Forbes, "Can We Have Difference As Well As Community?," 7 Apr. 2021 The Trevor Project, a nonprofit that focuses on suicide prevention among the LGTBQ community, said half (52%) of transgender and nonbinary youth seriously considered suicide in the past year, compared to 40% of all LGBTQ youth respondents in 2020. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, "Arkansas governor vetoes bill that would ban gender-confirming treatments for transgender youth," 5 Apr. 2021 The only out trans player currently competing in the NWSL — OL Reign midfielder Quinn — identifies as nonbinary. Julia Poe,, "NWSL releases policy on transgender athletes," 1 Apr. 2021 In his proclamation, Biden said Trans Day of Visibility recognizes the generations of activism by transgender and nonbinary people. NBC News, "Biden issues first presidential proclamation on Trans Day of Visibility," 31 Mar. 2021 But in the last decade, the company has significantly bolstered a framework of programs and policies that support transgender and nonbinary employees. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "These transgender people shifted genders during COVID and are bracing for a return to the office," 30 Mar. 2021 Princess Janae Place, a Bronx organization that helps transgender and nonbinary people of color transition from homelessness to independent living, is also a plaintiff in the lawsuit. Michael Hill, Star Tribune, "NY social service agency sued for not allowing X gender mark," 29 Mar. 2021 This isn’t an exaggeration: a 2020 survey of 40,000 LGBTQ youth found that transgender and nonbinary kids whose family and friends respected their identity and pronouns attempted suicide at half the rate of those who didn’t have such support. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, "Transgender Kids Need Sports, Too," 24 Mar. 2021 Of the 1,683 fans surveyed, 37.1% were female, 62.6% were male, and less than 1% identified as nonbinary. A.j. Herrington, Forbes, "Survey Reveals Which Sport’s Fans Smoke The Most Marijuana," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of nonbinary

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonbinary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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