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An androgyne is a person who does not fit cleanly into the typical masculine and feminine gender roles of their society. Much in the same way as androgyny, androgyne can be used in two related ways: on the one hand, to refer to someone whose gender role or presentation is not typically masculine or feminine, and on the other hand to someone who claims a gender identity outside male and female.

Many androgynes identify as being mentally "between" male and female, or as entirely genderless or the Third Gender. The former may also use the term ambigender or intergender, the latter null gendered, non-gendered or agender. They may experience mental swings between genders, sometimes referred to as being bigender or gender fluid. Some experience severe enough gender dysphoria that they seek HRT or surgery to bring their body more in line with their internal gender, or lack thereof.

Androgynes sometimes refer to themselves using gender-neutral pronouns or the singular "they". A few even take steps toward transitioning from their birth sex into a physically androgynous form.

How others see themselves

While the definition above is the generally accepted, Androgynes often define themselves more fluidly. Because of the root components of the word Androgyne, some believe that Androgyne should refer to identities somewhere in between male and female. A more encompassing definition including everything that isn't specifically male or female would be Non-binary or Genderqueer.

Some of these definitions are included below and are how some of those members of see themselves:

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