What is it about?

Nonbinary people (i.e., those who do not exclusively identify as men or women) experience unique stressors due to living in a society organized by the gender binary. We conducted focus groups and interviews with 29 nonbinary adults (60% people of color). We found that nonbinary people frequently are misgendered, invalidated, and tasked with educating others about their identity.

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Why is it important?

The added layers of daily stressors that nonbinary people face takes a mental and emotional toll. Understanding these unique stressors helps explain why nonbinary people are vulnerable to mental health risks and provides opportunities to try to decrease these stressors.


As a team of nonbinary researchers, we hope this article validates the experiences of other nonbinary people and brings a better understanding to the unique challenges that nonbinary people face.

Em Matsuno
Arizona State University

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This page is a summary of: “The default is just going to be getting misgendered”: Minority stress experiences among nonbinary adults., Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, October 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/sgd0000607.
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