Gender Non-Conforming (GNC), also known as Gender Variant, refers to individuals whose gender presentation does not align with or reflect their actual gender. Many GNC individuals are transgender or non-binary, however there are also many cisgender individuals who are gender non-conforming. Some possible examples of gender non-conformity include, but are not limited to:
- A cis woman who presents masculinely.
- A trans man who presents androgynously.
- A non-binary individuals who presents femininely.
Gender non-conformity commonly focuses on physically appearance, such as hair style, style of clothes, presence of makeup and/or nail polish, presence of facial hair and/or body hair, etc, though it can also include physically traits such as having certain personality traits or interests, having certain professions, or using certain pronouns.
The pronouns one uses are also a form of gender presentation so using pronouns that are not typically associated with one's gender is also a form of gender non-conformity. Some examples of pronoun non-conformity include he/him lesbians, she/her gays, as well as non-binary individuals who use he/him or she/her pronouns, and binary men and women who use they/them pronouns.