Imagine this cluster of stars (genders) are
boys, others love wearing lipstick. Some
were assigned female at birth, others
were not and perhaps have transitioned.
Each knows they are a woman, however
their personal definitions of womanhood
and gender expressions vary.
Maybe this cluster of stars are men.
Some of these men love sports, oth-
ers watch romantic comedies. Some
are cisgender, others are transgender.
They all identify as men, however
their definitions of manhood vary.
Perhaps this galaxy represents
bigender people— some of whom
identify as both men and women
at the same time, others whose
genders switch between those
identities at different times.
As well as pangender
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Image (cc) cfaobam on Flickr. Universe Model adapted from “overlapping clouds” model created by Elizabeth Erickson, Claire Bidwell, & Liat Wexler, 2011.
Don’t forget that there are
people who are agender and
genderless—they don’t have a
gender at all, though they rec-
ognize that other people do
Imagine that every person’s gender is a star in the universe—unique and distinct, yet clustered into galaxies.
Men and women aren’t two opposite ends of a spectrum, with everyone else’s gender defined “in between” and dependent
on that binary. They are just two of the many genders that exist in our amazing world.
And these clusters might be
And non-binary over here
With as many named
and unnamed genders