Japanese term for non-binary gender identities

X-gender (Japanese: Xジェンダー, romanizedx-jendā) is a third-gender that is not M (male or masculine) or F (female or feminine).[1][2][3] The term is used instead of non-binary and genderqueer in Japan.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

The x-gender flag


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