Bigender is a gender identity which can be literally translated as 'two genders' or 'double gender'. Bigender people experience exactly two gender identities, either simultaneously or varying between the two. These two gender identities could be male and female, but could also include non-binary identities. For other identities for those who experience multiple genders, please see multigender.
Bigender people may also identify as multigender, non-binary and/or transgender. If a bigender person feels that their identity changes over time or depending on circumstance, they may also identify as genderfluid, which describes any person whose gender identity varies over time.
Bigender people can have any gender expression: for example, some prefer to be seen as androgynous and/or change their presentation to be more masculine or feminine depending on their current identity. Bigender people may experience dysphoria in which they want their body to reflect traits from two distinct sexes, or experience dysphoria at some times but not others. However, not all bigender people experience dysphoria. Some bigender people may choose to transition so that their body more closely matches their gender identity, but not everybody decides this is the right option.
The original bigender flag is labeled as controversial due to the creator being revealed as a transphobe, pedophile, and abuser. Other designs were made by people uncomfortable using the original flag after this news came out.
- Rose Lemberg is a Ukrainian author and poet. They are notable for publishing various books like “The Four Profound Weaves: A Birdverse Book“, “Marginalia to Stone Bird”, and the “Uncanny Magazine” series.