Gender questioning

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« Started consciously questioning at 22, when I had the thought 'what if I wasn't a girl?' and the answer wasn't 'that's ridiculous, I am a girl'. »
Anonymous, 24 (Nonbinary)[1]

See also Questioning.

Questioning gender symbol. The circle of the female (Venus) and male (Mars) symbols, but instead of their prongs, a question mark shape.

Gender questioning is a gender identity under the transgender umbrella. It is a tentative gender identity label for a person who is in the process of figuring out how to describe and label their gender identity, but has reason to think that they might be transgender or nonbinary. Such people may or may not have shown signs of being gender nonconforming or gender variant. Gender questioning is also a label that can be used by nonbinary people who are still figuring out exactly what kind of nonbinary gender they have.


"Gender Questioning" was among the 56 genders made available on Facebook in 2014.[2]

Kinds of questioning gender identities

Exploragender flag.
  • exploragender. "A gender term for those who are constantly questioning their gender identity, feeling as though one gender term in particular [is] never quite right."[3]
  • odysseogender. Coined by anonymous. "Where your gender isn’t set in stone right now and you’re on an “odyssey” to find out what it is. Based on the Greek hero, Odysseus."[4]
  • perigender. Term for a gender identity that isn't currently known to the person, but is becoming clearer as time passes.[5]


  1. This quote is a snippet from an answer to the survey conducted in the year 2018. Note for editors: the text of the quote, as well as the name, age and gender identity of its author shouldn't be changed.
  2. Eve Shapiro, Gender circuits: Bodies and identities in a technological age. Unpaged.
  3. MyUmbrella (2017). "A Guide To LGBT+" (PDF).
  4. "Odysseogender." Mogai-Archive. [Dead link]