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    The shadowenbian flag by sir-eldritch.
    The original shadowenbian flag by ashix0trender0juice (blog deleted).
    Shadowenbian flag redesign by thepokedexisgay.
    The shadowdiamoric flag by thepokedexisgay.

    Shadowenbian is an orientation affected by the fact one is transmasculine, a trans man or woman, transfeminine, transneutral, or just binary (includes multigender and genderfluid/genderflux/fluidflux people), as they either are dysphoric about being called nonbinary, and/or experience a disconnection from traditional enbyhood. One may describe their attraction as any of the following: MLNB; MLX; WLNB; WLX, etc – but they don’t identify their labels as NBLNB or NBLX due to reasons listed above. With a multigender and/or genderfluid/genderflux/fluidflux identity, one feels not straight when with a nonbinary individual and/or has a fluctuating level of dysphoria where they may sometimes view their attraction as diamoric/enbian in nature, or as NBLNB or NBLX. To express that disconnection, the prefix shadow- is used. It can also be called shadowdiamoric.

    This term also includes those whose orientation is fluid and/or flux. They may not 100% identify with the label lesbian due to barely experiencing attraction to nonbinary individuals (or in general), having an attraction to nonbinary individuals that feels enbian but also not, having an attraction to women that is fluid between queer and queern't, and/or experiencing attraction through a enbian or diamoric lens.

    In simpler terms, a shadowenbian may be defined as the following:

    1. Being multigender/genderfluid/genderflux/fluidflux but never NBLNB, yet feeling like their attraction to nonbinaries is gai.
    2. Being m-spec and not NBLNB, yet feeling a connection to the label.
    3. Being too dysphoric about being called non-binary/enby/being thought of as one, yet being either MLNB, WLNB, or XLNB with a connection to the enbian label.
    4. Having a fluid/flux orientation where one is not 100% an enbian for whatever reason that may be, but one retains a connection to the enbian label.
    5. Feeling as though one is an enbian, but also not.[1]

    History

    The shadow- orientations (shadowlesbian, shadowgay, and shadowturian) were first coined by Tumblr user ashix0trender0juice on 19 July 2020, with shadowenbian and shadowstraight being coined later on 26 August 2020. The flags were made around the same time. The blog has been deleted, but the user remade as sir-eldritch. The flags were also redesigned and posted on 27 June 2022.[1]

    A redesign of the shadow- flags, including a shadowdiamoric flag, were created by Tumblr user thepokedexisgay. The shadowenbian redesign was posted on 27 February 2021[2], and the shadowdiamoric flag was posted 28 February 2021.[3]

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