While the 0.5% of Americans that identify as transgender or gender non-conforming may seem like a small group, this actually amounts to around two million people.
If someone you know is between male and female on the gender spectrum- or if you’re considering that you yourself may be- you likely have a lot of questions. Even if this isn’t the case, learning more about this subculture can help you to be a more accepting and loving person. Read on for more information on the trans and nonbinary communities!
What Is the Gender Spectrum?
The gender spectrum is a sliding scale that accurately presents sex and gender as bimodal rather than binary. This means that gender has two modes of presentation that a person can use but that there are also a variety of identities between these modes. This is in contrast with the outdated binary model that presents all people as only male or female.
Basically, male and female are at two ends of a long line that represents the gender spectrum. Many people that exist between these points are androgynous, but this isn’t always the case. People can identify as nonbinary even when their presentation is closer to manhood or womanhood- there’s no correct way to be nonbinary.
Facets of Gender Theory
There are a few facets to gender identity. Biological sex refers to the genitals that you externally have (male, female, or intersex genitals) and leads to you being assigned a gender at birth.
Gender presentation refers to the way that you want to be seen by the world and might be expressed by the clothes you wear, the pronouns you use, and more. Finally, gender identity is the gender that you are within your essential self. You should identify as the gender that makes you the most comfortable.
A common argument made by ignorant people is that ‘nonbinary is unscientific,’ but the opposite is actually true. There are many scientific reasons for the adoption of the gender spectrum that you can learn more about here.
Common Gender Identities to Know About
Now that we’ve defined the gender spectrum and what different nonbinary presentations may look like, it’s time to look at some of the most common gender identities that people use.
- Male and female- the binary genders that lie at either end of the spectrum
- Men and women can be binary whether they are cisgender (not trans) or transgender
- Genderqueer- an all-encompassing term for nonbinary people
- Genderfluid- a gender that changes depending on the time that you ask the person
- Agender- the lack of gender (often referred to as being outside of the gender spectrum)
- Bigender- identifying as both genders (often at the same time)
This is in no way a comprehensive list, but it’s a good place to begin your journey towards understanding.
Learn More About the LGBT+ Community
Now that you know all about the gender spectrum and why it’s important for the LGBT+ community, it’s time to get more ideas on how to start living your best life and becoming your truest self.
Check out the ‘lifestyle’ tab on our home page to read more articles about gender and sexuality. You’ll find tons of ideas to get you thinking about your own identity and learn how to celebrate others of all genders. Have fun browsing!