Androgyne is a non-binary gender identity associated with androgyny. Androgynes have a gender which is simultaneously feminine and masculine, although not necessarily in equal amounts. Western society currently recognizes no set gender roles for androgynes. The word Andro means male/masculinity and the word gyne means female/femininity.
Because androgynes have a non-binary gender identity, they might also identify as genderqueer and/or transgender. Androgynes (as well as any other gender) can be of any sexual or romantic orientation.
Some androgynes are comfortable with their body "as is", but some experience gender dysphoria and may wish to undergo a physical transition. The degree of physical transition can vary depending on the person: for instance, one androgyne might wish to go on hormone replacement therapy but have no surgical alterations, while another might desire top surgery but no other changes.
In terms of social gender roles, most androgynes feel various degrees of discomfort with the social expectations of the gender binary. Androgynes may use a combination of feminine and masculine clothes to better communicate their non-binary status, but in general there is no "correct" way to present as an androgyne.
The following terms have been suggested to further describe and categorize androgynes:
- femandrogyne - (feminine androgyne) an androgyne who feels more feminine than masculine
- mascandrogyne - (masculine androgyne) an androgyne who feels more masculine than feminine
- versandrogyne (versatile androgyne) an androgyne whose amount of femininity and masculinity fluctuates (a versandrogyne may go between being femandrogyne and being mascandrogyne)
- neutrandrogyne (neutral androgyne) - an androgyne who might feel a relatively even mixture of femininity and masculinity, or even none at all
- demiandrogyne - someone who only partially relates to or identifies as androgyne
Legal and Social Issues
In the United States, non-binary genders are recognized in a growing number of states, including Oregon, New York, Washington State, California, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maine where a third gender marker, "X", is now available. Washington D.C. has been the first city within the United States to permit a third gender option on official identifications. In every other state, legal documentation may only reflect the gender that the androgyne was assigned at birth in. However, outside of these states, if they feel more feminine and are AMAB they may wish to change it and vice versa.
Androgynes, like many other non-binary people, may experience transphobia. They may feel uncomfortable using gender-segregated spaces. This can include school and community organizations and even public bathrooms. They may experience celebration in the media, by their peers online and offline and even parents helping them with their struggle. All of these issues can have a severe impact on an androgyne's mental health.