Gender-fluidity describes the understanding that we don’t have to give ourselves a permanent gender label for life. Gender is a social construct used to define what behaviours are deemed appropriate in mainstream society: clothes, pastimes, tone and pitch of voice, body language – literally everything that we have learned from those around us – known as gender expression. We only need to think of what traditional notions of masculinity and femininity bring to mind to appreciate how powerful this social construct is.

So, if we accept that it’s all made up then it would be reasonable to accept that anyone is capable of the feelings, behaviours, mannerisms etc of any gender, and therefore gender in itself is limitless or meaningless, depending on your perspective.

Gender fluidity can describe someone who changes how they identify as they move through life, through relationships, through social groups and other influences. It also includes those whose gender is constantly fluid, indefinable, with no preconceived ideas about how they should behave, dress, act, or identify.  Some nonbinary people would consider themselves genderfluid: both male and female, neither of those, a third gender, genderless or gender neutral.

The language is vast – probably as vast as the language of neurodiversity! So at this point I will leave you with the LGBT Foundation if you want to have a root around further: click here to be taken to their site.