Agender

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Agender is a gender identity that is generally defined as the lack of gender.

Etymology

From a- ('not' or 'without') + gender

Pronunciation

  • Phonetic: /ey-jen-der/
  • IPA: /ˈeɪˈd͡ʒɛn.dɚ/

Definitions

  • i have come to view the concept of agender as a sort of gender atheism, or lack of belief in gender - transrants, 2019[1]
  • A nonbinary gender identity, lacking a gender/have no gender, or that there is not a gender that fits. While this is a distinct identity from neutrois, the two are sometimes used interchangeably by agender/neutrois people, so the definition for neutrois may also apply to some agender people. - The Ezgender Lists, 2021

History

The first documented use of agender was on July 28th, 2000 in a UseNet forum titled "alt.messianic" where user Miriam Wolfe described the Christian God as agender in the following: "All I understand is that G-d is amorphous, agender, etc. so "image" can't be a physical or gender or sexual thing."[2] The earliest agender flag was made on February 18th, 2014[3] by Tumblr user transrants.[1] An anonymous user created another flag on June 16th, 2014 through a submission to pride-flags-for-us because "a lot of the proposed agender flags seem more like nonbinary/genderqueer flags in their descriptions".[4] The next agender flag was created by an unknown user on or before July 6th, 2015.[5] Another flag was created on August 12th, 2020 by Tumblr user neopronouns at the request of an anonymous ask.[6]

The agender and androgyne flag was created by an unknown user on or before June 4th, 2021.[7] The agender aroace flag was created on or before May 19th, 2019 by Tumblr user nblwlove.[8]

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Flags

The meaning of the colors on transrants flag are black and white for absence of gender, grey for semi/demi-genderless, and green for nonbinary genders because it is an invert of purple and outside the blue-pink gendered spectrum.[3]

On the flag by the anonymous user in 2014 the colors on the flag mean purple for archetypal “queerness”; represents people who transition to neutral through surgery, hormones, etc.; represents people who take on androgynous presentation to express an agender identity, black for complete absence of color when dealing with light, grey for poly, fluid, and demi- genders that include an agender identity, white for complete absence of color when dealing with pigment, and green for atypical “queerness”; represents people who do not transition to neutral through surgery, hormones, etc., and people who do so “partially”; represents people who maintain or fluctuate between gendered presentation(s), and people who take on presentations that are not specifically male, female, or androgynous.[4]

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