Bigender, bi-gender or bi+gender is the gender identity of people who identify as more than one gender, often from masculine spectrum, agender spectrum, and feminine spectrum. Sometimes their identity changes as a function of time, described as "switching between genders". For others, they can experience certain levels of the genders that differ from time to time.
Transitioning for bigender people can be very difficult because their assigned gender at birth just is not inclusive enough of who they are. Because of the gender binary and cisnormativity, especialyl in the West, bigender people experience an enormous amount of pressure to conform to their assigned at birth gender. Sometimes their assigned gender is a part of who they are, but it is far from a complete picture of their identity.
A 1999 survey conducted by the San Francisco Department of Public Health observed that, among the transgender community, less than 3% of those who were asigned male at birth and less than 8% of those who were assigned female at birth identified as bigender.
- Schneider, M., et al. APA Task Force on Gender Identity, Gender Variance, and Intersex Conditions, 2008
- Gender Wiki - Bigender.
- Clements, K. San Francisco Department of Public Health, 1999.