a: "I can't pick what gender I want to be today! I guess I'll be genderqueer"
Genderqueer is an identity that falls anywhere between man/boy/male and woman/girl/female on the spectrum of gender identities.
Unless told otherwise, polite pronouns for genderqueer individuals are the singular they and ze/hir pronouns. Most genderqueer individuals take offense being referred to as "it."
"So, because she's genderqueer, it means she's a slut and sleeps with everyone, right?" "Haha, no. Genderqueer just means their gender identity. It has nothing to do with their sexual orientation."
"I'm a dude, so I don't really want to take home ec." "Dude, I'm genderqueer! I'll take whatever the hell I want and not worry about it."
Additionally, the term can be used for someone who is poorly described by traditional labels, and also not completely described by the term “Transgendered”. Thus, someone whose sense of self is not wholly male or female, but embodies elements of each gender could also be described as Gender Queer.
A Gender Queer person might respond to a question about their gender in many, many ways. Some might say, “There are male aspects to who I am, and female aspects to who I am. I value all those aspects of my sense of self and do not want to separate myself from the different parts of who I am.” Others might be crystal clear about their sense of self relating to gender, and find that the perception of society as to their gender is frequently wrong, and be totally okay with that. Still others may be on a journey to identifying their sense of self, and be perceived as one gender or another, sometimes correctly and other days not so much.
The overarching reality is that the way of identifying as either all male or female, or M to F or F to M, has has paved the way for the current level of comfort with gender being a more fluid, and less concrete concept.
Elsie (traditionally a female's name), a gender-queer, changed her name to Jack (traditionally a man's name) in order to publicly show that she is more than just a female.
While genderqueer could be an identity of itself, some common genders that fall under the genderqueer umbrella are: agender, bigender, genderfluid, androgyne, ambigender, and neutrois.
Genderqueer is usually seen as falling under the trans umbrella, and some genderqueer people will call themselves trans.
Skylar: No, I'm actually genderqueer.