Galactian system

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The Galactian system is an alternative classification system for nonbinary people based on the alignment in relation to the binary genders. However, instead of male-aligned and female-aligned, it uses concepts that are not related to the binarist system, such as the sun, the moon and the stars. It's worth noting that these words were not coined to describe genders, but a relation towards a binary gender - an alignment. For instance, an agender person may identify as lunarian because they have experiences in common with women, despite not being a woman themself.[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 is used to express a similarity with masculine genders, alignments, or experiences. It's a replacement for "masculine-aligned". The name of this identity comes from the fact that in many cultures, the sun is associated with masculinity and male energy.[3]

Lunarian[edit | edit source]

The lunarian identity is used to express a similarity with feminine genders, alignments, or experiences. It's a replacement for "feminine-aligned". The reason is that, in many cultures, the moon is associated with femininity.[3]

Stellarian[edit | edit source]

The stellarian identity is used to express the rejection of a person towards the gender binary. It's used to express a nonbinary alignment, in contrast to feminine and masculine alignments. The reason for choosing the stars for this term is that there is a large number of different nonbinary identities and presentations, in the same way that there are many stars.[3]

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).

Other alignments[edit | edit source]

There is another galactian identity, called singularian, which 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 system. Perhaps 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.[4]

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, auroran 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]