In cultural conversations about trans people, the wide diversity of gender identities beyond "trans woman" and "trans man" largely go unmentioned.
This reality exists, in part, because undergoing a gender transition is often viewed by cisgender (nontrans) people as an act made in direct defiance of the male/female gender binary. However, the fact remains that many trans folks simply identify as a "man" or a "woman" — with "trans" acting a descriptive adjective or a note on their history. This means trans people too can have binary gender identities.
"Nonbinary" is a common community term for trans people who do not fit neatly into this picture. There are other words too, each with multiple definitions forged by the individuals who live these complex gender identities.
Though the photos below feature individuals with gender presentations on the masculine side of the spectrum or who may fluctuate along different points of the spectrum on a given day or week, nonbinary people can also identify on the feminine side of the spectrum or somewhere in between.
Photographer Dave Naz's new book, Genderqueer: And Other Gender Identities, shines a light on this topic, drawing on the appeal of visual art to explain in ways that words alone cannot. In the book, he accompanies essays by trans and genderqueer writers like Ignacio Rivera, Jenny Factor, and Morty Diamond with vibrant pictures of people who identify as, according to a statement, "transgender, intersex, pangender, and every shade in between."
Click through the slideshow below to see many of the faces behind Genderqueer >>>