Altergender has two definitions.
The first definition is that altergender can be seen as as sort of genderfluid. Both have a fluid and fluctuating gender. But, the main difference is that a genderfluid individual will most likely keep their gender for a whole day or longer. Their gender also does not alter based on things and people around them. They will most likely wake up that day, feeling masculine or feminine energy, neither, or energy from both. Someone who is altergender will most likely have multiple fast gender changes per day and their gender will almost always be altered by something or someone around them.
The second definition is a term for individuals who are altersex and/or transsex and feel as though they do not fit the roles of transgender and cisgender due to this. An example of this would be an AFAB woman who is transsex, and no longer has a vagina, but still is a woman. Due to this, they may feel as though the term cisgender doesn't fit their experience with womanhood. Some other reasons this might occur include, but are not limited to:
- Someone with gender dysmorphia who got hormone replacement therapy and/or surgery to alleviate this dysmorphia, while not feeling dysphoric or identifying with another gender.
- Someone who got hormone replacement therapy and/or surgery due to being altersex or transsex, due to not feeling connected to their sex traits, while not feeling dysmorphic or dysphoric and/or identifying with another gender.
- An AFAB lesbian or otherwise sapphic woman who got sexual reassignment surgery for the sexual side of their life, due to their own preference/fantasy.
- An AMAB vincian or otherwise achillean man who got sexual reassignment surgery for the sexual side of their life, due to their own preference/fantasy.
- A transsex person who was born with an intersex body, however due to their intersex traits being non-consensually removed when they were young, they feel as though the terms cisgender and transgender don't fit their experiences.
The term was first coined on or before March 29th 2019 by Tumblr user chriswannablog.
The second definition of the term was independently coined at an unknown point of February by Weniviere/Catra of Cryptocrew's system, and was officially published on March 2nd of 2021.
The flag for the first definition was created on or before March 29th 2019 by Tumblr user chriswannablog. The black stripe represents no gender, including being agender, genderless, or gendervoid. The grey stripe means demigender or weak gender, such as greygender. The white stripe represents all genders, specifically pangender and multigenders. The pink stripe means female and feminine genders, such as woman and demigirl. The blue stripe means male and masculine genders, such as man and demiboy. The purple stripe represents genders that are both masculine and feminine, such as androgyne, bigender, intergender, genderfluid, genderflux and two spirit. The green stripe represents being neither masculine or feminine, but still having a gender, such as abinary, neutrois, and maverique. The orange stripe represents xenogenders.
The flag for the second definition was created by Weniviere/Catra of Cryptocrew's system on March 2nd of 2021. Blue represents men, pink represents women, purple represents those who are/were intersex individuals, turquoise represents unique gender experiences, black represents the journey through ones identity, yellow represents having an altered sex, and white represents how ones sex alteration changes how one experiences gender. The yellow triangle on the flag was inspired by the altersex and transsex flags, and the colors were inspired from the altersex and transsex flags as well.