Why Gender Fluidity is the New Black

Today's #GuestPostThursday features an amazing lesbian blog that reached out to me a few months ago. Effort Lez makes me laugh in every post, and I'm so excited to have Natasha featured on my blog. She wrote an amazing piece on gender fluidity, and the start of it is featured below. Be sure to click the link at the bottom and check out the rest of the article on her website.

For most of us when Ruby Rose hit the pop culture scene is when we really started to take note of “Genderfluidity". Those of us in the Queer community are not new to gender bending. So many of our girls have always been “boyish” and our boys “girly”. In fact most of us identify others lesbians by their tomboy qualities and gay men by their feminine nuances. I mean let's call it gaydar because that's what gaydar actually is: The ability to pick up on another person's subtle differences in gender expression. We’ve always acknowledged “gender bending” in the Queer community, only our understanding of gender expression and subsequent language for it has just been different. I would argue in its infant stages. We just haven’t had the framework to express what we’ve always known is there until now.

In the LGBTQ+ community, individuals deviating from traditional gender binaries have long been described with labels like butch, fem, queen ect. These self identifying labels are limited in that they eluded more towards describing a persons physical gender expression less their gender identity. So essentially a lesbian self identifying as butch doesn’t necessarily mean that she identifies as male, it can simply describe how she chooses to express her style, traits and behaviour. It’s worth noting “Butch” is also a subculture in the lesbian community and regarded THE “authentic” lesbian identity. Many young lesbians in the community coming out, often feel pressure to style themselves more butch to be identifiable as “lesbian” as well as to be taken “seriously” by other lesbians. So often in the community a “Butch” appearance has less to do with gender identity but more with sexual identity. Think about how many of us got that super short coming out hair cut.
So what about those individuals in the community that feel that their gender identity deviates from their biological gender? Butch doesn’t really seem to cut it for these folks does it?! Enter onto stage the gender identity movement with it’s basket of new labels to address and express gender identity.

If you are anything like me your google search engine history this year has included a lot of terms like: Gender fluid, Genderqueer, Pansexual ect. There are so many new terms, but don’t be put off by it. It’s actually all a lot less complicated then it seems initially. What you to do is basically scrap male-female binary and think of things on a continuum. A really “Fluid” continuum where movement along its axis is not restricted. An individual is free to roam back and fourth expressing their gender in any masculine and feminine manner as they feel inclined. Take our Miss Ruby Rose for instance. Ruby can be rocking the most tomboy look one moment and choose to wear a skirt the next. In a recent interview with Elle Magazine she expressed her experience of Gender fluidity as being this: *click here to read more*