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Nonbinary (often spelled Non-binary in British English[2]) is an umbrella term covering any gender identity or expression that does not fit within the gender binary. The label may also be used by individuals wishing to identify as falling outside of the gender binary without being any more specific about the nature of their gender.

As an umbrella term, nonbinary has similar scope to genderqueer with most nonbinary-identifying individuals also considering themselves genderqueer. However the terms have different meanings and connotations. The term genderqueer predates nonbinary by at least a decade.


Kye Rowan designed the nonbinary flag in 2014, shown at right. This flag is meant to "represent nonbinary folk who did not feel that the genderqueer flag represented them. This flag was intended to go alongside Marilyn Roxie's genderqueer flag rather than replace it.

The flag consists of four stripes. From top to bottom, they are yellow, white, purple, and black..

  • Yellow represents those whose gender exists outside of and without reference to the binary, as yellow is often used to distinguish something as its own.
  • White represents those who have many or all genders, as white is the photological presence of color and/or light.
  • The purple stripe represents those who feel their gender is between or a mix of female and male, as purple is the mix of traditional boy and girl colors. The purple could also be seen as representing the fluidity and uniqueness of nonbinary people.
  • The final black stripe represents those who feel they are without gender, as black is the photological absence of color and/or light."

The nonbinary flag and the genderqueer flag are both options for nonbinary people to use to symbolize themselves and take different approaches to how to symbolize nonbinary genders. (nonbinary wiki, formatted for readability)

Source(s): nonbinary wikiNonbinary 101 , , gender wikia, idk google is always a good start

Note: A nonbinary version of "girl" or "boy" is "enby" as a play off of "NB" which stood for nonbinary, but NB has always meant nonblack (such as: nbpoc meaning non black people of color) so "NB" should not be used as a shorthand for nonbinary. While "enby" is attempting to replace "NB", referring to someone as enby can be infantalizing, so only use it for those who consent.
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