Explained: The 33 Gender Identities Recognised By The Australian Sex Survey

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The acronym "LGBT" was once considered sufficiently representational of non-heterosexual sexuality and gender types. Well, it looks like we're going to need a few more letters. A new Australian sex survey conducted by researchers at The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has listed a whopping 33 options under the question "Which of the following terms do you feel best describes your gender?". Here's the full list, along with definitions of what they represent.

While the fuddy-duddies that run our country continue to wrestle over concepts like gay marriage, Australian gender identity continues to expand exponentially. According to the latest Australian Sex Survey, there are at least 33 terms for "gender" that Australians now use to identify themselves. These range from "genderfluid" (someone who does not identify entirely with either the female or male genders) to neutrois (a non-binary gender identity which is considered to be a neutral or null gender.)

In addition, the survey includes an option to describe your gender in your own words in an accompanying text box. Here's are the complete definitions, courtesy of news.com.au:

Woman: A person born as a female, and who identifies as female.

Man: A person born as a male, and who identifies as a male.

Transgender Man: A person who was assigned female at birth, but now identifies as a man. Some trans people choose to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Others prefer not to, but still identify as a different gender.

Transgender Woman: A person who was assigned male at birth, but who identifies as a woman. As above, some trans people choose to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Others prefer not to, but still identify as a different gender.

Trans person: This can mean transsexual or transgender. A transsexual is a person who emotionally and psychologically feels that they belong to the opposite sex.

Trans Man: A trans man is someone who was assigned female at birth, but now identifies as a man.

Trans Woman: A person who was assigned male at birth, but who identifies as a woman

Female to Male: This term is often abbreviated to ‘FTM’ and refers to a transsexual or a transgender man.

Male to Female: This term is often abbreviated to ‘FTM’ and refers to a transsexual or a transgender female.

Transsexual: A person who emotionally and psychologically feels that they belong to the opposite sex. Transsexuals are people who transition from one sex to another, usually through dress, hormone therapy, etc.

Cisgender: A person who identifies with the gender of which they were born. For example, if someone is born as a female and identifies as a woman.

Cis Female: Cis is short for cisgender. So a cisgender female is a female who identifies as a woman.

Cis Male: Cis is short for cisgender. A cisgender male is a male who identifies as a man.

Gender Non-Conforming: A person who does not identify with either the male of female genders.

None Gender: A person who does not identify with any gender in particular.

Non-Binary: A person who does not identify entirely with either the female or male genders. They may identify somewhere on a spectrum.

Neutrois: Neutrois is a non-binary gender identity which is considered to be a neutral or null gender.

Genderfluid: A person who does not identify entirely with either the female or male genders. Genderqueer: An overarching term used to describe people who do not identify exclusively as either male or female.

Demigender: This term, (demi means half) is an umbrella term for nonbinary gender identities that have a partial connection to a certain gender.

Demigirl: A person (can also be called a demiwoman or a demifemale) who identifies partially with being a woman or has feminine characteristics. They may have been assigned female as birth, but they could also have been born as a male.

Demiboy: A person (can also be called a demiman or demimale) who identifies partially with being a man or masculine characteristics. They may have been assigned male at birth, but they could also have been born as a female.

Agender: This literally means ‘without gender’, so a person who doesn’t identify with any gender.

Intergender: Intergender people have a gender identity that is in the middle between the binary genders of female and male, and may be a mix of both.

Intersex: A person who is born with the reproductive anatomy of both a man and a woman. For example, they might appear to be female on the outside, but have mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. These people were previously referred to as hermaphrodites, but that term is considered rude and outdated.

Pangender: A person who identifies as more than one gender.

Poligender: Translates to ‘many genders’. A person who identifies as more than one gender.

Omnigender: Translates to ‘all genders’. A person who identifies as more than one gender.

Bigender: Translates to ‘two genders’. A person who identifies as both male and female genders. Some bigender people have two distinct male and female personas.

Androgyne: A person who doesn’t identify with either gender. They are both feminine and masculine.

Androgyny: The combination of masculine and feminine characteristics. Androgyny can apply to many things - someone’s gender identity, sexual identity, and even fashion.

Third Gender: People who identify as neither a man nor a woman. Some cultures refer to some of their people by a third gender. For example, in Samoafa’afafines are male at birth, but if a family had more boys than girls and needed more women to help with housework, they male children would be raised as a fa’afafine.

Trigender: Translates to three genders. A person who shifts between the male, female and third genders.

While the list above does appear to contain some overlap (can anyone explain the difference between "Pangender", "Poligender" and "Omnigender"?) it's clear that sexual/gender identity is far more nuanced and complex than "LGBT" or "LGBTIQ" would have us believe.

If you'd like to participate in the online survey yourself, you can find it here. It takes around 10 minutes and is completely anonymous.

[Via news.com.au]

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    How many duplicates of a category do you need?

      You need infinite categories. Once any of the Tumblr "special snowflakes" take part in the survey, they all make up a new title for themselves, because "bisexual" is old hat nowadays.

    Clearly the list is not in Boyce-Codd normal form.

    Where is mine? I identify as an aircraft carrier.

    The acronym “LGBT” was once considered sufficiently representational of all gender types

    Gender and sexual orientation are two quite different things. Many trans people aren't fans of having their gender identify conflated with other people's sexuality. It used to be 'LGB', but then people wanted to be more inclusive of trans- and other-gender types, so they ironically achieved that inclusiveness by bundling them in with gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

    Neither lesbian, gay or bisexual are genders.

    Last edited 29/07/16 1:37 pm

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual...none of these are genders. They are sexual orientations.

    Ummmm, intersex is not a gender either. It's a sex (ie physical sexual organs).

    Please get your head around the difference between sex, gender and sexual orientation.

    I don't see Attack Helicopter on the list of 'approved' genders. WHY DO YOU KEEP ERASING MY EXISTENCE11!?!!?!!

    Living in the 21st century is so complicated ...

    Let's make it simple.... (I really need to make this into a flow chart)
    Do you have a penis? yes... Then you are a male.
    Do you have a vagina? yes... then you are a female.

    Short of interfering (surgery or hardcore meds of somekind) you are what you are.

    As for the sexual orientation, again you are what you are.
    So instead of all the abbreviations and acronyms: If you like men tell people you like men, if you like women tell people you like women, finally if you indifferent or don't like either than tell people that. Why does it matter if you identify as this or that, at the end of the day you are HUMAN nothing more, nothing less.
    As for the public toilet dilemma; let's go back to keeping it simple again....
    Do you have a penis? yes...Then use the male bathroom (you don't have to piss in the urinal if you're uncomfortable there are stalls in there too!)
    Do you have a vagina? yes. Then use the female bathroom (again there are stalls) Whats the worst going to happen? you see someone in passing? or washing their hands?

    I know a lot of people are going to hate about this but like i said you're not LGBRTWSZIYUX... YOU ARE HUMAN and who you want to fuck is completely up to you.

    I don't know why other people's identities seem to upset you all so much. Appears to me as if you're all the overly sensitive ones.

      We're not upset by other people's identities. We're annoyed that they expect the rest of us to keep track of them all and use the right one, even if we hardly know the person. Most people don't give a flying crap what people choose to call themselves, nor should they. And that's the point: they shouldn't have to--particularly when the group of people described by 31 of these terms is extremely small; and when the proliferation of such terms renders the word "gender" totally meaningless.

    i stopped reading after the 4th one down.

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