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Non-Binary (sometimes shortened to NB or enby) refers to someone whose gender does not fall strictly within the category of the binary genders (man or woman) that are used in western society. Anyone who is not always, solely, 100% male or female can be considered non-binary. Some non-binary people may identify with one or both of the binary genders, at least in part.

Non-binary can be a gender identity on its own, or it can be used as an umbrella term for anyone whose gender is something other than male or female. Some people may also use the term genderqueer interchangeably with non-binary.

Non-binary people may call themselves enbies or borls (the equivalent of boys or girls) or enben (the equivalent of men or women).[1][2] Non-binary is included in the umbrella of transgender, although some non-binary people choose not to identify as transgender.

Non-Binary Identities

One may identify as non-binary on its own or they may identify as a gender that falls in the category of non-binary. Any gender that is not strictly and completely male or strictly and completely female falls under the category of non-binary. Some common non-binary identities include:

Types of Non-Binary Genders

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Some non-binary can be partly connected to or aligned to one or both of the binary genders. For example, a man-aligned non-binary person (solarian) may have an experience similar to man or have some connection to manhood, but is not a man or is not fully a man. Non-binary people may also be connection to masculinity and/or femininity, but they do not necessarily have to be connected to manhood or womanhood. These types of non-binary identities can be called viabinary, ideobinary, or aligned. Non-binary people who are in between or simultaneously experience masculinity and femininity, and/or maleness and femaleness can be called androgyne, androgynous, or mesobinary.

Other non-binary genders are not connected to the binary genders at all. These genders are not connected to maleness, masculinity, femaleness, femininity, and they are not in between male and female or in between masculine and feminine. However, these genders are also not necessarily a lack of gender or agender. These genders can be called abinary, unaligned, neutral, neutral-aligned, epicene, or exobinary.

Non-binary people who are not female aligned, feminine aligned, male aligned, masculine aligned, or neutral aligned are called atrinary, outherine, or xenogender.

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