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Identity politics has started to play a large role in the public consciousness. Most people know about communities that have grown around race, gender, sexuality, disability, mental illness, and religions. But there are places where identities have sprung up that most of us don’t recognize. Check out these 10 identities that have flourished in places like Tumblr.
1. Otherkin and polykin
Otherkin are people who believe themselves to be, at least in part, not human. Some people believe this more literally, in a way similar to transgender people, others see it as a spiritual connection or the result of reincarnation. Polykin are those who are multiple kinds of kin, for example, someone who believes they are both an angel and an elf.
Transethnic people believe that they were born into the wrong race or ethnicity and identify as a different ethnicity. Some people criticize transethnic individuals as appropriative or racist.
3. Fictives and fictionkin
Fictionkin are a subset of otherkin who has the identity of a fictional character, while a fictive is when someone thinks that a fictional character shares headspace with them.
4. Multiple systems
A multiple is a person who has more than one person or creature in their head. This might mean that they’re polykin, or that they feel they have multiple individuals occupying their brain at the same time. A system is the group as a whole and refers to how they exist together. Sometimes the word “headmates” is used to refer to the simultaneously existing people.
Neutrosis is a gender identity, and someone who is neutrosis wishes to have a completely sexless body. It’s often used interchangeably or similarly to agender, genderless, and non-gender, with no clear guidelines about what distinguishes these categories.
Similar to transethnic, transabled people believe that they are in the wrong body. Typically they believe themselves to have a disability that they don’t physically have. Also similar to transethnic people, there are many disability activists who find this identity offensive and stigmatizing.
Therians are individuals who either believe that they can shapeshift into an animal, or who identify spiritually as an animal. A subset of this is theriomythic, individuals who are somewhere between otherkin and therian in that they identify as a mythical animal like a dragon.
People who identify as vampires believe that they gain energy from other people. Sometimes they practice literal vampirism, but others believe that they can pull psychic energy from other people.
Enby (from NB) simply means non-binary. It’s a gender identity in which the individual does not identify as male or female. Enby is a broad term and individuals who are enby might also identify as genderqueer, pangender, agender, or something else.
10. Demiboy or demigirl
This refers to individuals who mostly or partly identify as male or female. It might also refer to someone who was assigned a particular gender but doesn’t feel a strong connection to that identity, or someone assigned the opposite gender who doesn’t feel strongly enough to identify as trans. Demi individuals might also identify as another gender (for example a demiboy might sometimes identify as agender).
Someone who is attracted to non-binary (not male or female) individuals.
Demisexual is a term that’s often misused and misunderstood. Some people interpret it to mean wanting to get to know someone before having sex with them, but the actual definition goes farther than that. Someone who is demisexual does not feel sexual attraction unless they’ve established a close emotional bond first. That doesn’t mean they’re unwilling to have sex with someone until they’re close, but rather that they feel no desire, nor do they see someone as attractive until they’ve established an emotional connection.
This is a term for something you probably are but don’t know about. Dyadic refers to people who aren’t intersex. It’s similar to cis or heterosexual in that it seeks to actively define and label what many people consider “normal” to avoid labeling others as abnormal or weird.