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PHOTOS: Explore Genderqueer and Other Genders Beyond the Binary

PHOTOS: Explore Genderqueer and Other Genders Beyond the Binary


Dave Naz shows off the gender spectrum in his contemplative new photo book, Gendequeer: And Other Gender Identities.


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 >>>

Gq-001_0Afro Disiac

Gq-002_0Billy Castro

Gq-003_0James Darling

Gq-004_0Matty Boi

Gq-005_0Pig Pen

Gq-006_0Buck Angel

Gq-007_0Cyd Nova

Gq-008_0Drew Deveaux

Gq-009_0James Darling

Gq-010_0Jiz Lee

Gq-011_0Matty Boi

Gq-012_0Pig Pen

Gq-013_0Syd Blakovich

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