This is a facet of identity that is completely distinct from sexual orientation.
These graphs do not represent the full spectrum of either facet, as they are multidimensional.
To others, our most salient feature is one that doesn’t make any of us very salient at all – a feature in which none of us had any say in, which was assigned at, or prior to, birth: are you male or female?
Or maybe it’s your penchant for scientific knowledge.
But whatever it is, for better or worse, it is probably not your most salient feature to the world around you.
This is the norm – but has this simplicity led us astray?
In March of this year, Governor Pat Mc Crory of North Carolina signed into law the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, banning individuals from public restrooms that do not correspond to their assigned biological sex.
Those persons who identify as transgender (the “T” in many queer community acronyms) are those who identify with a gender that differs from their assigned sex (Figure 1).