“When my transition began, I believed it was incumbent on me to ‘pass’ the moment I stepped outside. Having been raised with unquestioned cissexism, cis male and cis female were the only genders I considered valid.
My failure, my inability to impersonate a cis woman, plunged me into shame. Transmisogyny had taught me I was an abomination, not fit to be among cis people.
With daily effort, I’ve worked to rid my mind of the prejudices that led to my self-loathing, yet I still see them, in all their ugliness, informing our language, laws, and culture.”