Gender symbols

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Gender symbols are graphic designs that represent a gender, such as the Venus symbol for female, and Mars symbol for male. Symbols for nonbinary gender identities explore variations on these. This page gives an imcomplete list of symbols for gender identities.

Symbols based on Venus/Mars paradigm

Like the Venus and Mars symbols for the binary genders, these designs have a large, central circle, just with different prongs, angles, or other details. These designs may also use other astrological symbols.

Binary gender symbols

These are the basic symbols of the binary genders.

Symbol Description Unicode
thumb The Venus symbol, for women. Depicts the handmirror or distaff of the Roman goddess of love. Alchemical symbol for copper. U+2640 ♀
thumb The Mars symbol, for men. Depicts the shield and spear of the Roman god of war. Alchemical symbol for iron. U+2642 ♂

Transgender symbols

The transgender symbol has a combination of female, male, and mixed symbols.

Symbol Description Unicode
thumb The transgender symbol. A mix of female (Venus), male (Mars), and androgyne (Venus and Mars mixed). This symbol was designed in the 1990s by Holly Boswell, Wendy Parker, and Nancy R. Nangeroni. A specific version-- blue, with rounded line ends, on a lavender triangle-- belongs to Nangeroni, but otherwise the symbol belongs to none and can be used freely.[1] U+26A7 ⚧
thumb Transfeminism symbol, combining the transgender symbol with the feminism symbol (a Venus symbol containing a fist of power).
thumb Transgender equality symbol.

Androgyne symbols

There are several common symbols that don't have clearly defined meanings, and may refer to several different gender identities.

Symbol Description Unicode
thumb Symbol for a mix of female (Venus) and male (Mars). Intersex or transgender. Botanical symbol for hermaphrodite. U+26A5 ⚥
thumb Androgyne, intersex, or other gender symbol. Made from female (Venus) and male (Mars) symbols. Can point other directions, but meanings of this aren't agreed upon. Also the alchemical symbol for iron sulfate. U+26A8 ⚨ or U+26A6 ⚦ or U+26A9 ⚩

Nonbinary gender identity symbols

These are symbols for specific nonbinary gender identities. Listed in alphabetical order.

Symbol Description Unicode
thumb A gender symbol meant to represent nonbinary individuals specifically. The use of the "x" was a descision made by the creator (Johnathan R), in 2012, due to the rise of use of "x" as a letter that represents nonbinary individuals both legally and in pronouns and titles.
thumb A neutrois or neuter symbol. Based on Venus and Mars symbols, but with no prongs. U+26AA ⚪
thumb A neutrois or neuter gender symbol, the latter used in botany. Also an older version of the Venus symbol. U+26B2 ⚲
thumb Neutrois symbol used by the Neutrois Outpost in 2000. The circles represent a null gender. Additionally, the lavender triangle is for pride in LGBT identity.[2]
thumb A neutrois symbol. Can be seen as a variation on the Venus and Mars symbols that omits the prongs of either. Null or empty set symbol. U+2205 ∅
thumb The astronomical symbol for comets used as a nonbinary symbol. Proposed because the male and female signs are both signs for planets. U+2604 ☄
thumb Other gender symbol.
thumb Pangender symbol.

More identity symbols

These symbols are for identities that aren't always seen as nonbinary gender identities, or sometimes even as gender identities. Listed in alphabetical order.

Symbol Description Unicode
thumb Eunuch symbol. A male (Mars) symbol, modified.
thumb Gallae gender symbol, by Laura Anne Seabrook. Based on the female (Venus) symbol, but also an alchemical symbol for sulfur (representing a fire triangle on a cross of earth) U+1F70D 🜍
thumb Intersex symbol, the astrological symbol for Earth. U+1F728 ⴲ
thumb Mercury symbol, used for intersex people. Botanical symbol for hermaphrodite. Depicts the staff of the Roman messenger god, based on the caduceus (below). U+263F ☿
thumb Caduceus, depicting the two copulating snakes Tiresias saw before the gods turned him into a woman. Historically used for androgyny and intersex people, and the basis for the Mercury symbol (above).
thumb Gender questioning symbol. The circle of the female (Venus) and male (Mars) symbols, but instead of their prongs, a question mark shape.

Other kinds of gender symbols

Some gender symbols aren't based on the Venus and Mars symbols. This can be an intentional choice for those who don't like Venus and Mars symbolism, or to get farther away from the gender binary.

Symbol Description Unicode
thumb In 1996, Raphael Carter proposed that this ambiguous geometric shape called the Necker Cube be a symbol for androgynes, "because it is either concave or convex depending on how you look at it."[3][4]
thumb In some kinds of family tree diagrams (genograms or pedigrees), a triangle is a symbol for a person whose gender is unknown. It's also for fetuses that were miscarred, or were not yet born when the genogram was drawn. This is as opposed to squares (male) and circles (female).
thumb A rhombus is a botanical symbol for a plant of unknown sex, as well as a family tree symbol for a person of unknown sex.

See also

References

  1. Nancy R. Nangeroni. "Transgender symbol." July 1994. http://www.gendertalk.com/tg-symbol/
  2. Axey, Qwill, Rave, and Luscious Daniel, eds. “FAQ.” Neutrois Outpost. Last updated 2000-11-23. Retrieved 2001-03-07. http://web.archive.org/web/20010307115554/http://www.neutrois.com/faq.htm
  3. Raphael Carter, "Angel's Dictionary." July 14, 1996. http://web.archive.org/web/19990427014012/www.chaparraltree.com/raq/angels.shtml
  4. Nat Titman, "The Necker Cube: Symbol for androgyny." June 25, 2011. Practical Androgyny. http://practicalandrogyny.com/2011/06/25/the-necker-cube-symbol-for-androgyny/