One in four queer youths identify as nonbinary, not same as transgender

Tue. July 13, 2021 1:29 PM by Gerald Farinas

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In the past, nonbinary persons were lumped into the transgender category

LGBTQ youth advocacy group The Trevor Project issued a study that found as many as one in four youths who identify as queer further identify as nonbinary. 

"Nonbinary is a term used to describe people whose gender identity does not fit within the traditional construction of gender as a binary choice between exclusively male or exclusively femanle," The Trevor Project explains.

"Although transgender and nonbinary identities can overlap, they are not synonyms that can be used interchaneably. Like the term transgender, nonbinary can be a distinct gender identity, or it can be an umbrella term that refers to other identities outside of the gender binary, such as genderfluid, genderqueer, or agender."

One in four LGBTQ youth, or 26 percent of the population sample, identified as nonbinary. Another 20 percent reported they aren't sure or are questioning if they are nonbinary.

Futhermore, 50 percent of youth who identified as nonbinary said they weren't transgender.

In the past, nonbinary persons were lumped into the umbrella group called transgender.

A majority of nonbinary youth reported using pronouns outside of the gender binary, such as "they/them" or neopronouns as "xe/xem" or "ze/zem" or "e/eem."

The Trevor Project explains that the nonbinary identification has been growing in use in recent years.

"A recent poll found that 35% of Generation Z know someone who usis gender-neutral pronouns," the study cites.

Generation Z (also called Zoomers) is a classifcation used by sociologists and other scientists for the purpose of studies, currently about 6 to 24 years old in 2021.

Such studies are being used by government agencies and private industries, i.e., marketing, to create better policies or better engage with the general population.

For example, an increase in people identifying as transgender and nonbinary, has trained the focus of legislators locally, at the state level, and in Congress, to change the way forms and legal documents are created.

"These reports confirm that while transgender and nonbinary identies are related, youth understand them as distinct identities," The Trevor Project concluded.