Illma Gore, gender-fluid artist who feels free between and within both genders. Photo courtesy Illma Gore.

In a gender-binary world, those who don’t identify as male or female often have trouble fitting in. In a world that asks us to check a single box — male or female — what happens for those who don’t feel either answer is exactly right?

Artist Illma Gore lives unbridled by the binary and knows firsthand what a struggle it can be to be gender-fluid. “Gender is actually more of a spectrum,” Gore tells POPSUGAR. “Yes, you might be built with XX chromosomes or XY chromosomes, but being a man or a woman is separate from that. ‘Man’ or ‘woman’ is something that is, in a sense, a social construct. Those are words that we use to describe differences that we stereotype.”

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