The past few years have seen an exponential rise in the visibility of transgender people, particularly in popular media. Many such representations have done the work of showing transgender people in a positive (or at least neutral) light, taking down some of the stereotypes about us that have prevailed for decades.
Androgyny is defined as the combination of both masculine and feminine characteristics—an expression of gender ambiguity.
It’s worth noting that androgyny is by no means a modern concept, though if you look at the current trends among many celebrities, you will see that the notion of blurring the gender lines when dressing oneself has become increasingly popular.
According to a commonly cited study out of UCLA (from 2011), approximately 0.3% of adults in the United States identify as transgender. That’s nearly 1 million people, which is more than the number of people living in the city of Boston!
While this is the most commonly talked about study, it’s ironically not terribly recent; more than likely, this number has increased significantly in the past five years. Thankfully, the National Center for Trans Equality is just finishing the most comprehensive study yet…