Friends and Family Coping with News of a Transgender Loved One

Ironically, when I came out as transgender, it seemed to be the people who’ve known me the longest who began to feel like they knew me the least. Similar to the dissonance I’ve felt throughout the majority of my life (resulting from gender dysphoria/transgenderism), many longtime friends and loved ones seemed to feel a cognitive miasma—a mental repulsion—when presented with this idea that I “am a woman trapped inside a man’s body.” (Trans female community, please forgive me for phrasing it that way.) Really, it’s not that binary trans female folks are women trapped inside men’s bodies. They are women! And as the result of fluctuating hormone levels during our gestational lives, our bodies ha

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