This article was published on January 15th, 2020
One great thing about the advancements for queer rights that have occurred recently worldwide, is people are finally embracing their truths and coming out as they truly are. While society is still requiring folks to label themselves, fortunately there are more titles and word associations than ever before for queer, lgbt, or non-binary people to choose from. For instance: gender fluidity. What does it mean to be gender fluid?
Thanks to friends, members of the community, and celebrities like Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus, Jonathan Van Ness, Nico Tortorella, Ruby Rose, Billie Dee Williams’ accidental coming out, and the reveal of RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Pandora Boxx, Adore Delano, Violet Chachki, Jinxx Monsoon, Miss Fame, and Laganja Estranga coming out as gender fluid over the years, the term has become more wide spread and more people are bracing their gender fluid identity.
Gender fluid, a sub-group of gender non-binary identifiers, is a sexual orientation and label placed upon members of society who do not identify specifically with either sex and or both at the same time, and feel they’re more one way some days, and at other times, more fluidly the opposite sex than their birth sex other days. Rather, they feel like they are either equal parts masculine and female, male/ female, or they don’t feel like they specific subscribe to either sex, or more than one at a time. Moving between genders or having a fluctuating gender identity is the true meaning of gender fluidity.
What may seem like a new phenomenon, the concept of gender fluidity has been acknowledged in world religions and civilizations since the dawn of time. Native American two spirit people, for instance, are openly out and fully acknowledged as gender fluid by tribes and their community. Fortunately with the advancements in LGBT rights in western parts of the world, more and more people are coming out about their own personal gender characteristics and fluidity. Luckily these people are living more healthy, happier lives as a result.
In case you’ve forgotten or need a crash course, the most appropriate pronoun usage in order to describe anyone in 2020 is the term “they” or “their”. For a brush up lesson, learn about the importance of addressing people the polite and correct way using pronouns in the new decade.