Gender Non-Conforming (GNC), or Gender Variant, is a term describing an individual whose gender presentation does not align with or reflect their gender identity.
GNC individuals may identify with any gender modality, including cisgender.
Possible examples of gender non-conformity include, but are not limited to:
- A cisgender woman who presents masculinely.
- A transgender man who presents androgynously.
- A non-binary individual who presents femininely.
GNC individuals may use labels that specifically describe their gender presentation, such as masculine, neutral, butch, femme, and terms belonging to gender presentation systems like the pallet system.
Gender non-conformity commonly focuses on the physical appearance aspect of gender presentation, such as hair style, style of clothes, use of makeup and/or nail polish, and presence of facial hair and/or body hair. Other aspects of gender presentation, such as having certain personality traits or interests, having certain professions, or using certain pronouns, also may relate to gender non-conformity.
Because pronouns are a form of gender presentation, using pronouns that are not typically associated with one's gender identity is a form of gender non-conformity. This is called pronoun non-conformity.
The creator of the main Gender Non-Conforming flag is unknown, although it has recieved the most attention via DeviantArt user PrideFlags, who uploaded it on March 11, 2017. The colour meanings are unknown, although it could be interpreted as the various colours representing the diversity of gender presentations. A flag with the same colours but equal-size stripes is a variant.
An alternate flag by TheonetrueRick#3397 was created on the LGBTA discord. The colour meanings are unknown. It is listed as a pronoun non-conforming flag on its description page, however, so it is unknown if it is a GNC or PNC flag.
An alternate flag was uploaded to the LGBTA Wiki by Homesick Moonstone on March 12th, 2020. Black represents neutrality, blue represents masculine women, pink represents feminine men, purple represents androgynous people, and yellow is for those with other presententions.
An alternate flag was uploaded to the LGBTA Wiki by CandySkyez on December 31st, 2021. Pink and purple represents females who deviate from gender norms, blue and purple represents males who deviate from gender norms, and white represents non-binary people who deviate from gender norms. The yellow stripe represents the blurring of gender norms and the unity of the GNC community.
A GNC symbol was uploaded to the LGBTA Wiki by WiiFyneLM on November 3rd, 2021. It is a circle with altered mars and venus signs, representing deviation from gender norms.