Several weeks ago, Miley Cyrus seemingly publicly outed herself as genderfluid via an Instagram post, in which she posted a quote from an interview.
“I didn’t want to be a boy… I kind of wanted to be nothing,” she told Out in the quote she shared with her millions of followers.
“I don’t relate to what people would say defines a girl or a boy, and I think that’s what I had to understand: Being a girl isn’t what I hate, it’s the box I get put into.”
Australian VJ Ruby Rose also identifies as genderfluid, sharing insights into her experiences in her short film, Break Free.
In simple terms, genderfluidity means not conforming to fixed gender roles or the gender binary which stipulates that there are only two genders – male and female.
The broader term genderqueer encompasses people who may identify with more than one gender or no gender at all, or fluctuate between genders.
Some people who identify as genderqueer or genderfluid prefer not to use gendered pronouns like she/her and he/him, opting instead for a neutral they/them.
Sally Goldner, from Transgender Victoria, told news.com.au that the number of people identifying as gender fluid or gender neutral may increase as more awareness spreads.
“I think we’re going to see more of it as people realise that you just cannot push people into one of two squares that don’t fit,” she said.
“Quite frankly, there are seven billion gender identities.”