Looking back, it’s honestly unbelievable the number of things I was told as a young boy that were, at best, horrible advice, and at worst, actual dangerous and predatory behavior….Identifying as female has completely changed the way I think about sex yet again.
Long before I’d heard the word “transgender,” I was a kid who loved Animorphs. In 4th grade, for the first time, I imagined myself transforming not into an animal’s body, but into the body of a female classmate… I’d never felt so complete.
…the presence of trans people in our media has allowed trans existence to become normalized. We’re no longer a quiet secret, lurking in the shadows, ready to trick you into falling in love with us, and people have generally begun to accept that trans people exist as a part of the vast tapestry that makes up humanity…Allowing trans characters to exist, even if the portrayals aren’t accurate or positive, forces people who likely don’t know a trans person in real life to share space with us.
“Because I have a penis, I was seen as male, and it was expected of me to play sports. Failure to live up to the masculine expectations of my parents would result in mockery, insults, or grounding, if not physical abuse. So I tried my very best to do what was expected of me.”
Sometimes I have to remind myself that I did, in fact, come out, and it wasn’t just some wish-fulfillment dream that I imagined happened three months ago. In general, I’ve been feeling stuck—completely frozen in place, unable to move forward, and unwilling to go back.