I think you have a very important point, Rachel. Some of my transgender friends tell me their lives are enormously improved through the normalization of the trans experience in the public eye.

I can understand that. How stressful it must be to lead one’s daily life fearing discovery. Fearing not passing well enough.

How much better to live in a world where transgender lived truths are accepted as ordinary?

You know, I think the anti-trans crowd gets this very well.

I get a lot of blowback from an article I wrote about the LGB alliance a few months ago. I get comments from terfs pretty much every day either on social media or Medium itself, and one consistent pattern I notice is that people who hate or oppose the transgender experience will often claim they have no trouble with people who have surgery or who otherwise come to visually match their “new” gender.

I think they’re afraid.

I don’t understand what they have against transgender people, because I honestly can’t imagine feeling the way they do, but I think they’re afraid of people who don’t pass, because I think they’re afraid that most of us will come to recognize that transgender people are just ordinary.

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