I was inspired by the galactic alignment system for gender identity (solarian, stellarian + lunarian genders) to create a set of words for nonbinary people to describe our gender presentation without having to use binary terms. These words are adjectives similar to the lesbian terms “butch” and “femme” and are specific for nonbinary people.
The first word is “vermil” from the word vermilion which is a shade of red. This term can be used by nonbinary people who present in a traditionally masculine way without necessarily being masc aligned or solarian. The symbol in the center of the flag is the elemental sign for fire. The word + flag design were made to replicate the solarian flag’s warm colors and association with the sun, fire, and “masculine” energies.
The next word is “cerul” from the word cerulean which is a shade of blue. This term can be used by nonbinary people who present in a traditionally feminine way without necessarily being fem aligned or lunarian. The symbol in the center of the flag is the elemental sign for water. The word + flag design were made to replicate the lunarian flag’s cool colors and association with the moon, water, and “feminine” energies.
The final word is “pewt” from the word pewter which is a shade of gray. This term can be used by nonbinary people who present in an androgynous way without necessarily being unaligned or stellarian. The symbol in the center of the flag is a combination of the elemental signs for earth and air.
So using these words, a fem presenting + unaligned nonbinary person could call themself a cerul stellarian; an androgynously presenting + masc aligned nonbinary person could call themself a pewt solarian; and a masc presenting + fem aligned nonbinary person could call themself a vermil lunarian. Nonbinary people can use any combination of these words to describe themselves fully without feeling forced to use the binary terms “masc” and “fem”. I really hope these words get shared and are useful for the community, let me know if you have any questions or comments regarding them.
the words feminine, masculine, and androgynous are useful terms for a lot of people but you’re not obligated to use them for yourself. you can just wear what you want to wear and look how you want to look without adopting a specific term to describe your style.
[Image Description: A bright pink floral printed block and bright blue floral printed block in a vertical row with white text that reads “support nonbinary people who present as women” / “support nonbinary people who present as men”]