Did You Know It’s Transgender Awareness Week? Here’s ‘Genderqueer’ 101

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Jacob, 24, lives in New York City and defines their identity without using labels. As Jacob puts it, “it’s about embracing the fact that gender is complicated.”

“The complexity,” Jacob says, “is what makes it so beautiful.”

Below, hear how Jacob discovered the term “genderqueer,” how it’s different from identifying as gay, and what it means to them.

For more of Jacob’s story and to learn more about fluid gender identity, MTV will present the full episode of True Life: I’m Genderqueer, tonight at 11 p.m. ET.

The show is airing in conjunction with transgender awareness week.