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Gender fluidity is a non-fixed gender identity that shifts over time or depending on the situation. These fluctuations can occur at the level of gender identity or gender expression. A genderfluid person may fluctuate among different gender expressions over their lifetime, or express multiple aspects of various gender markers simultaneously.[1][2] Genderfluid individuals may identify as non-binary or transgender, or also identify with their assigned gender.[3][4]

Gender fluidity may be a transitionary phase, allowing people to explore gender before finding a more stable gender expression or identity.[5] For others, gender fluidity may continue throughout life.[6]

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Template:Main articles Transgender people (including non-binary and third gender people) have existed in cultures worldwide since ancient times. The modern terms and meanings of "transgender", "gender", "gender identity", and "gender role" only emerged in the 1950s and 1960s.[7][8][9] As a result, opinions vary on how to categorize historical accounts of gender-variant people and identities, including genderfluid individuals.

The first known mention of the term gender fluidity was in gender theorist Kate Bornstein's 1994 book Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us.[10] It was later used again in the 1996 book The Second Coming: A Leatherdyke Reader.[11]

In February 2014, Facebook included "Gender Fluid" as one of the 50 identity options available.[12]

In May 2015, added an entry for genderfluid.[13]


The genderfluid pride flag was designed by JJ Poole in 2012. The pink stripe of the flag represents femininity, the white represents lack of gender, purple represents androgyny, black represents all other genders, and blue represents masculinity.[14][15]

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