The gender nonconforming flag, created by Leslie Ellen in 2015.

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David Bowie often dressed androgynously in his music videos and concerts. This particular photo is taken from the TopPop "Rebel Rebel" music video.

Gender non-conforming, often shortened to GNC, is a term used to describe individuals who do not conform to societal gender roles. It is not the same as non-binary, which is a gender identity. GNC includes both cisgender and transgender people.

Gender roles

A gender role is behavior or characteristic traditionally ascribed to a person based on their biological or perceived sex.[1] The term was coined by sexologist John Money, during studies of intersex children to describe "... all those things that a person says or does to disclose himself or herself as having the status of boy or man, girl or woman, respectively."[2][3] These roles vary, often depending on one's age, location, race and ethnicity, and religious or other beliefs.[4]

Most people do not fully ascribe to one or the other gender role — for example, many men enjoy cooking and baking, and many women play sports and video games — and doing so does not make one transgender or non-heterosexual. Studies have shown that gender non-conforming and gender dysphoric children are more likely to identify as cisgender and homosexual than transgender when they grow up.[5]



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