Transgender people have often featured in the news recently, including famous ones going public and less fortunate ones suffering to the point that they are driven to suicide. Personally, I find virtually nothing in the stereotypical view of maleness that I could identify with, and thus have huge sympathy for everybody who tries to escape the box that society puts them in, but I have struggled to understand why so many people would choose to take drastic measures to fit into a different, equally restricting box. If I've learned one thing from researching this topic, it's that the whole situation around our sexes and gender concepts is much more complicated than traditional world-views would have us believe.
The results of this learning experience are now published in today's issue of Current Biology:
Transitions to new concepts of gender
Current Biology Volume 26, Issue 4, pR141–R143, 22 February 2016
Laverne Cox, transgender actress and LGBT advocate. Image source: Wikipedia