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Bigender, bi-gender or dual gender is a gender identity that includes any two gender identities and behaviors. Some bigender individuals express two distinct personas, which may be feminine, masculine, agender, androgyne, or other gender identities; others find that they identify as two genders simultaneously. A 1999 survey conducted by the San Francisco Department of Public Health observed that, among the transgender community, 3% of those who were assigned male at birth and 8% of those who were assigned female at birth identified as either "a transvestite, cross-dresser, drag queen, or a bigendered person".[1] A 2016 Harris poll conducted on behalf of GLAAD found that 1% of millennials identify as bigender.[2][3]


Identifying as bigender is typically understood to mean that one identifies as both male and female or moves between masculine gender expression and feminine gender expression, having two distinct gender identities simultaneously or fluctuating between them.[4][5][6] This is different from identifying as genderfluid, as those who identify as genderfluid may not go back and forth between any fixed gender identities and may experience an entire range or spectrum of identities over time.[7][8] The American Psychological Association describes the bigender identity as part of the umbrella of transgender identities.[9]

Legal recognition[edit]

In the state of Washington, adults have the option of listing a third gender on their birth certificate; the state's Department of Health specifies that this option applies to bigender individuals.[10][11][12] This change came into effect in January of 2018.[13] In California, a third gender option is legally recognized under California Senate Bill 179, also known as the California Gender Recognition Act, which specifies in its text that it applies to bigender individuals.[14][15][16] In New Jersey, a third gender option is available for "intersex, agender, amalgagender, androgynous, bigender, demigender, genderfluid, genderqueer, neutrois, nonbinary, pangender, third sex, transsexual, Two Spirit, or otherwise unspecified" people.[17]

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topics LGBT AND Transgender : UN Trans Advocacy Week

Other articles of the topic LGBT : Outright Libertarians, Queer Collaborations, Be Here, Be Queer, Gender Mosaic, Lucca Cafe and Lounge, Triad (video game), Les K. Wright

Other articles of the topic Transgender : UN Trans Advocacy Week
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  • Androgyny
  • Dual-role transvestism
  • Genderqueer
  • Intersex
  • List of transgender-related topics
  • Trigender
  • Two-spirit


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  2. "EEOC now gives nonbinary people a way to be counted in workplace". Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  3. "Accelerating Acceptance 2017" (PDF). GLAAD.
  4. "Asexual, bigender, transexual or cis, can't we all just be kind to each other?". Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  5. EDT, Sofia Lotto Persio On 6/16/17 at 11:45 AM (2017-06-16). "Oregon becomes first state to allow option "X" to end gender binary". Newsweek. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
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  7. "Billy Dee Williams: What is gender fluid?". Monsters and Critics. 2019-12-02. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  8. "This is the term for people who aren't exclusively male or female". PinkNews - Gay news, reviews and comment from the world's most read lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans news service. 2018-04-26. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  9. "Sexual orientation and gender identity". Retrieved 2019-12-18. External link in |work= (help)
  10. "Sex Designation Change on a Birth Certificate :: Washington State Department of Health". Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  11. CNN, Emanuella Grinberg. "Washington state offers third gender option on birth certificates". CNN. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  12. "Adding third-sex option on birth certificates is a start". The Seattle Times. 2018-02-11. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  13. "Nonbinary? Intersex? 11 U.S. states issuing third gender IDs". Reuters. 2019-01-31. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  14. "Bill Text - SB-179 Gender identity: female, male, or nonbinary". Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  15. Dembroff, Robin (2018-01-30). "The Nonbinary Gender Trap". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  16. Caralle, Katelyn. "California legally recognizes third gender option on birth certificates and state ID cards". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  17., Kelly Heyboer | NJ Advance Media for (2019-02-06). "There's a new 'Gender X' option on N.J. birth certificates. How's it going to work? Your questions answered". nj. Retrieved 2019-12-18.

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