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    Ambonec is a nonbinary gender identity in which a person identifies as both female, male and neither at the same time. Coined by transmalenaoto (nbshadow) in 2014,[1][2] from Latin ambo "both" + nec "neither". Described by the one who coined it as a nonbinary "gender identity in which you identify as both male and female, yet you also identify as neither, at the same time. You can lean towards any sort of gender expression [...] if you wanted. You can use [any] pronouns if you wanted. You can identify this within bi/tri/qua/etc if you wanted. You can be demi-[ambonec], meaning there could be circumstances where it changes (mood, etc). You do not need dysphoria to identify as [ambonec]."[3] Abbreviation: AN.[3][4][1]

    Similarly, "genderdox" means simultaneously having two genders and being genderless. The term was coined by Tumblr user htt in 2014 and is based on the word "paradox."[5]

    Another paradoxical gender is oppogender, meaning "when you feel/are two (or more) contradicting or generally ‘opposite’ genders at the same time, such as being simultaneously completely gender-null and another gender." The post listed several alternative names as well: contrarigender, divergender, and discrepantgender.[6]

    History[edit | edit source]

    In a 2004 issue of the feminist magazine Off Our Backs, a transgender lesbian named Sam Bullington wrote, "I understand myself to be simultaneously and serially both man and woman, as well as neither."[7]

    Ambonec characters in fiction[edit | edit source]

    This is a list of characters that are described, either in canon or by their creators, as "ambonec," "female, male, and neither," or similar wording. For a more broad list of nonbinary characters, see nonbinary characters in fiction.

    • In episode two of the anime show Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, the character Leeron states "I'm both and neither a man and a woman."[8]

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    1. 1.0 1.1 "Ambonec (AN for short)". purrloin is SHIT. 25 August 2014. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 26 March 2023.
    2. "Term of the day: Ambonec". bigendering. 7 April 2018. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 26 March 2023.
    3. 3.0 3.1 "Introducing: Ambonec [AN for short]". Queer As Cat (Tumblr). 12 August 2014. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 26 March 2023.
    4. "Gender Terms". Queer Querys (Tumblr). Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 26 March 2023.
    5. "LGBTQIA Archive — Genderdox". Tumblr. 22 December 2020. Retrieved 29 July 2023.
    6. "Xeno Aligned — Contrarigender / Oppogender / Divergender / Discrepantgender". Tumblr. 2020. Retrieved 29 July 2023.
    7. Bullington, Sam (November–December 2004). "Transgendered Feminist Body Issues". Off Our Backs. 34 (11–12): 34–36. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023.CS1 maint: date format (link)
    8. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Gainax, 2007, episode 2
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