What does it mean to be demigender?

What does it mean to be demigender?
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Have you ever felt like you could identify with certain aspects of one gender but don’t connect to it fully? Do you feel as if you only partially identify with your gender? If you answered yes to these questions, you just might be demigender.

Read on to learn more about this gender identity, including how it differs from other identities under the non-binary umbrella.

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Demigender: Meaning And Place In The LGBTQ Spectrum

You won’t find a “demigender” definition in the Merriam-Webster dictionary or unfortunately. This is because “demigender” is a relatively new term that has only gained popularity over the last few years. Of course, that’s not to say that this gender identity is new or made up – we just didn’t have the words to describe this particular gender identity before.

According to Tumblr blog, the term “demigender” describes someone who identifies partially with one gender. It doesn’t matter how much a person identifies with a particular gender, as long as they identify with it to some capacity.

Some believe that demigender is a subset of bigender, which is defined as someone who identifies with two genders at once. However, others may argue that, while bigender people tend to feel like they are a combination of two distinct genders, some demigender people may only partially identify with one gender.

Several terms that fall under the demigender blanket, include:

  • Demigirl: This is someone who identifies partially as a girl or woman.
  • Demiboy: This is someone who identifies partially as a boy or man.
  • Demienby: This is someone who identifies partially as non-binary or “enby”.
  • Demifluid: Similar to gender-fluid people, demifluid people may feel like part of their gender identity fluctuates from one gender to another.

Understanding Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity

To better help you understand what all these terms mean, here’s a short guide to some key concepts everyone should know about. Let’s talk about the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • Sexual orientation describes the types of people you’re sexually attracted to (e.g. gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, etc.).
  • Gender identity describes your internal conception of your gender or how you perceive your maleness, femaleness, in-between-ness, or lack of gender altogether.

It’s important to note that gender and sexual orientation are independent of one another – how you perceive yourself doesn’t affect who you’re attracted to. For example, if you’re a trans man, it doesn’t automatically mean you’re attracted to women.

People who are cisgender are those whose gender identity aligns with their sex assigned at birth. Those who are trans experience a disconnect between their gender identity and their sex assigned at birth – as such, many trans people undergo different forms of transitioning to become more comfortable in their own skin.

Finally, people who are non-binary are those who don’t subscribe to the idea that there are only two options when it comes to gender. Instead of seeing gender as male or female, non-binary people experience gender as a spectrum where they can exist somewhere in the middle or even outside of it altogether.

Demigender is a gender identity that falls under the non-binary umbrella, which also includes pangender, gender-fluid, and agender people.


What Pronouns Do Demigender People Use?

There is no single set pronoun for people who identify as demigender. This is because a person’s preferred pronouns will depend entirely on what feels right for them. Thus, it’s never safe to assume someone’s pronouns based solely on their appearance or behavior.

When meeting new people, it’s always best to offer your pronouns as you introduce yourself. This lets the other person know that you’re open and receptive to hearing about their gender and that you’re conscientious enough to respect their pronouns.


How Do You Know If You’re Demigender?

So, how do you know if “demigender” is the right fit for you? You’ll have to be patient as you explore your gender identity, as it is not something that happens overnight.

Here are some signs that can help you figure out if you are demigender:

  • You question your gender often and feel as if you don’t fully identify with your sex assigned at birth.
  • You can partially identify with another gender.
  • You can’t relate to how your friends experience their relationships with their gender. You feel like something is “missing” and you can’t talk about how you feel without being the odd man out.
  • You experience gender dysphoria, a sense of distress or discomfort over the mismatch between your sex assigned at birth and your gender identity.
  • You find yourself searching for people like you who may not experience gender to the same degree or intensity as others.
  • You are always second-guessing how you feel.

What Is The Demigender Flag?

Feeling like a proud demigender person already? Get to know the ultimate symbol of demigender pride: demigender flags.

Yes, flags, plural. There is more than one demigender flag for each subset identity:

  • The demigirl flag, designed by Tumblr user Transrants, consists of two dark gray stripes, two light gray stripes, two pink stripes, and one white stripe in the middle.
  • The demiboy flag is similar to the demigirl variation, except that it has blue stripes in place of pink stripes.
  • The demi-nonbinary flag has yellow stripes instead of pink or blue stripes.

The Bottom Line

Demigender people feel only a partial connection to a gender. For example, demigirls may embrace some aspects of femininity while rejecting others. If this sounds like how you feel about your own gender identity, don’t worry, you’re not alone – there are plenty of people who identify as demigender out there.

If you ever need someone to talk to about your experiences as a demigender person, you can look up online groups, Instagram pages, and hashtags about demigender pride on social media.

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