Umbrella terms cover a group of ideas that have something in common. In this wiki, an "umbrella term" usually means a term that covers a group of sexuality or gender identity labels that have something in common. A person could identify as one of the specific identities under an umbrella term, and/or they could identify with the umbrella term itself, if applicable. One problem with umbrella terms is that they can be applied to large groups of people who don't all necessarily want to be identified by that term.
Some umbrella terms in this wiki include:
- Aporagender is a specific nonbinary identity, as well as an umbrella term for some nonbinary identities: just the nonbinary identities that aren't male, female, agender, or between male and female.", and not those that are "agender, between male and female, or binary trans people."
- Demigender is an umbrella term for identities that have a partial connection to a certain gender.
- Gender nonconformity covers all kinds of gender expressions that don't conform to society's gender norms.
- Genderqueer covers many kinds of gender identities and expressions that don't conform to society's gender norms. It can also be a gender identity unto itself.
- LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) is an umbrella term for some similar identities, but not an identity itself, since a person generally can't be all four things at once. There are several other ways of writing this initialism, such as LGBTQ, LGBTQQAP, and LGBT+. An alternative way of saying the same thing is the initialism MOGII (marginalized orientations, gender identities, and intersex)
- Queer is an umbrella term for all LGBT identities. Some people identify simply as "queer" for their sexual orientation, their gender identity, or both, without necessarily being more specific. Queer has a history as a derogatory term, and is not used by all members of the LGBT community.
- Neurogender is an umbrella term for gender identities in which a person feels that their gender identity is somehow linked to-- and best described in connection with-- their neurological type (neurotype), neurological conditions, neurodivergence, mental variation, or mental illness.
- Nonbinary gender is an umbrella term for all gender identities that don't fit into the gender binary of "female" or "male."
- Transgender is an umbrella term for all gender identities and expressions that involve moving from one gender expression to another. This includes transgender women, transgender men, and many nonbinary people who identify with the term.
- Xenogender includes many nonbinary gender identities defined in reference to very different ideas than female or male.
- "Aporagender is under the nonbinary umbrella but is a more specific label". 11 June 2014. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016.
- "Anonymous said: So like agender goes under apora umbrella?". 14 June 2014. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016.
- "Anonymous said: Hi- I'd like to know how aporagendered is different from being genderqueer". 14 June 2014. Archived from the original on 29 July 2016.
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