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From Wiki (Because it is a convenient and concise definition):
Genderqueer (GQ; alternatively non-binary) is a catch-all category for gender identities other than man and woman, thus outside of the gender binary and cisnormativity. Genderqueer people may identify as one or more of the following:
- having an overlap of, or blurred lines between, gender identity and sexual and romantic orientation.
- two or more genders (bigender, trigender, pangender);
- without a gender (nongendered, genderless, agender; neutrois);
- moving between genders or with a fluctuating gender identity (genderfluid);
- third gender or other-gendered; includes those who do not place a name to their gender; - Source
If you've been out of school for awhile, don't read a lot, do not follow news, and consider yourself 'normal', these terms, which have been constructed to define a growing philosophy of sexuality, will be foreign to many of my readers. Gender fluid and sexual fluidity are important non-binary conditions as well. These terms are important in understanding movements to 'queer the Church'.
What does the Vatican say about genderqueer?
Although there is no official document addressing the issue, Pope Benedict XVI did comment on the problem in his Christmas address to the Roman Curia in 2012:
Be aware of what your kids are being taught and who or what teaching is forming their conscience.
Top photo: Andrea Pompilio Menswear Fall/Winter 2014
Two women? Or a man and a woman?