Across time and place

Did you know that alternative genders--beyond male and female--have been around since ancient times? In "Third Gender: A Short History," author Jake Scobey-Thal traces the history of third gender identities, from ancient Greece and Rome to contemporary societies around the world.


Check out Scobey-Thal's article in Foreign Policy to explore a timeline featuring the history of third gender identities, from the 300s BC to the 21st century.

Third Gender: A Short History


Scobey-Thal, J. (2014, June 30). Third gender: A short history. Foreign Policy.

Gender Identity Gender identity icon Our core sense of who we are as a man, a woman, a mixture of both, or neither.

Gender Expression Gender expression icon How we show up in the world through choices like clothing, hair style, mannerisms or tone of voice.

Attraction attraction icon How we feel toward others sexually, romantically and/or emotionally.

Biological Sex Biological sex icon Physical attributes such as reproductive organs and genitalia, chromosomes, genes and hormone levels.

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