REPORT: 1 in 4 LGBTQ youth identify as “Nonbinary”

According to a new Trevor Project survey, more young people than ever identify as LGBT, and 1 in 4 identify as nonbinary.

Per the Trevor Project “Nonbinary” is a term used to describe people whose gender identity does not fit within the traditional construction of gender as a binary choice between exclusively male or exclusively female. Although transgender and nonbinary identities can overlap, they are not synonyms that can be used interchangeably. Like the term transgender, nonbinary can be a distinct gender identity, or it can be an umbrella term that refers to other identities outside of the gender binary, such as genderfluid, genderqueer, or agender.”

The results of the survey conducted by the Trevor Project found:

One in four LGBTQ youth (26%) in our sample identified as nonbinary. An additional 20% reported that they are not sure or are questioning if they are nonbinary. While nonbinary identities have often been grouped under the umbrella term of “transgender,” our data show that only 50% of youth who identified as nonbinary also identified as transgender; an additional 20% were not sure or questioning if they were

Within the nonbinary umbrella, most youth used the term “nonbinary” to describe their gender identity (72%). Other commonly used gender identity labels within the nonbinary umbrella included queer (29%), gender non-conforming (27%), genderfluid (24%), genderqueer (23%), androgynous (23%), agender (15%), demigirl (10%), demiboy (8%), genderflux (4%), and bigender (4%).

The study also looked into pronouns used and found:

The majority of nonbinary youth reported using pronouns outside of the gender binary, such as “they/them” or neopronouns such as “xe/xem.” Neopronouns refer to coined pronouns like ze/zem or e/eem (Hekanaho, 2020). Thirty-three percent of nonbinary respondents reported exclusively using “they,” with only 3% exclusively using “he/him” and 2% exclusively using “she/her.” Many nonbinary youth report using “they/them” pronouns in combination with binary gender pronouns such as “she/her” (20%) or “he/him” (16%). Further, 21% reported using another combination of pronouns such as “she/he/they”, or “they/them” and neopronouns. Finally, 5% of nonbinary youth reported exclusively using pronouns other than “he,” “she,” or “they,” with the most common neopronouns being, “xe/xem.”