Galactian system

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The galactian system is an alternative classification system for nonbinary people based on their alignment in relation to the binary genders. It was created in 2016, in response to the trend that started in that year for nonbinary people to say whether they were "male-aligned" or "female-aligned," which meant that they were almost but not quite those genders. The downside of such "gender alignment language" (as pointed out by the creator of the galactian system, Tumblr user vergess) was that it amounts to saying that nonbinary people are really male or female, and to invalidate their gender. The galactian system tries to solve this instead using celestial imagery, in order to avoid concepts that are related to the gender binary system. These words were not coined to describe genders, but a relation towards a binary gender, an alignment. For instance, a genderless person may identify as female-aligned or lunarian because they have experiences in common with women, despite not considering themself a woman.[1] In the 2019 Gender Census, around 0.2% of respondents identified with a galactian alignment.[2] Galactian alignments are often used together with other gender identities, such as "solarian bigender" or "lunarian demigender".

Solarian[edit | edit source]

The solarian identity expresses a similarity with masculine genders, alignments, or experiences, but not that one is a man. It's a replacement for "masculine-aligned," "masc-aligned," or "male-aligned." This is called solarian because many cultures associate the Sun with masculinity and male energy.[3]

Lunarian[edit | edit source]

The lunarian identity expresses a similarity with feminine genders, alignments, or experiences, but not that one is a woman. It's a replacement for "feminine-aligned", "fem-aligned," or "female-aligned." This is called lunarian because many cultures associate the Moon with femininity.[3]

Stellarian[edit | edit source]

The stellarian identity expresses that a person does not feel similarity with feminine or masculine genders, alignments, or experiences. This expresses a nonbinary alignment, in contrast to feminine and masculine alignments. It is called stellarian because there are many nonbinary identities and presentations, just as there are many stars.[3]

Singularian[edit | edit source]

The signularian identity rejects any kind of relation with the gender binary, and therefore the alignment system itself. This is in contrast to stellarian, which aligns with neither male nor female within the alignment system. The greatest difference between the terms is that a singularian person rejects alignment entirely, and so will never identify as lunarian or solarian, while a stellarian person may identify as lunarian or solarian at different times or in different ways. It is called singularian in reference to black holes, also called singularities.[4]

Mixed alignments[edit | edit source]

A person can identify with more than one galactian identity, at the same time or in different situations. When this happens, they can be called eclipsian (solarian and lunarian, also known as sollunarian), nebularian (lunarian and stellarian, also known as stellunarian), novarian (stellarian and solarian, also known as solstellarian) or galaxian (solarian, lunarian and stellarian, also known as solstellunarian).

Additionally, the prefix demi can be added to any of the galactian identities in order to express a partial identification with one of these identities (e.g. demisolarian, demilunarian, demisingularian...). Demi- alignments also receive proper names:

  • Demisolarian: dawnian
  • Demilunarian: duskian
  • Demistellarian: celestian

Mixed alignments also have demi versions:

  • Demi-sollunarian: twilightian
  • Demi-stellunarian: equinoxian
  • Demi-solstelarian: solstian
  • Demi-solstellunarian: constellian.

Finally, aurorian is a fluid identity between various alignments.[5]

Pride flags[edit | edit source]

This is the gallery of pride flags for the galactian identities. Click on the flags to enlarge:

Meaning[edit | edit source]

All flags follow this meaning pattern:

  • The top two stripes show the varying levels in which people can experience each alignment.
  • Yellow represents the nonbinary nature of those who experience that alignment.
  • Black represents everyone that has no gender.
  • Grey represents the varying degrees in which people can experience gender.

The colours of each flag are inspired by the natural colours of the celestial bodies or natural phenomena they represent.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. vergess. "Describing alignment." kinda-girls (blog). November 16, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2020. https://web.archive.org/web/20200720224831/https://kinda-girls.tumblr.com/post/153284340413/describing-alignment
  2. Gender Census 2019 - the worldwide TL;DR
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 bashana-haba-ah. "Anonymous asked: What's lunarian, stellarian and solarian?" Stellunarian (blog). A reblog made March 6, 2017 of a lost, deleted post. Retrieved September 2, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20180902205854/https://stellunarian.tumblr.com/post/158086623900/whats-lunarian-stellarian-and-solarian
  4. Stellunarian. "Anonymous asked: Since this (very good) system is comparing alignment to celestial bodies, would voidian/voidarian/voidic be a black hole?" Stellunarian (blog). March 6, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2020. https://web.archive.org/web/20200420171029/https://stellunarian.tumblr.com/post/158086230565/since-this-very-good-system-is-comparing
  5. 5.0 5.1 Galactian System (Expanded!) - System MOGAI