6 Things Every Low-key Transgender Woman Can Relate To

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Hannah Winterbourne. Transgender Officer in the British Army (Follow her on Twitter @hannahw253)

A lot of us opt for a quiet life, away from the spotlight and the prying eyes. Some people are actually surprised to find out that we are, in fact, transgender.

1: Really? Are you? But you don’t look transgender.

Haha! This one always makes me laugh, and even though I feel a little bad admitting this, it’s quite validating actually! I’m a low-key trans girl, I just want to blend in, get coffee, walk my dog or go about my daily life. I don’t care about being looked at any more than the average lady does.

2: So: Did you get a sex change?

I presume you mean what set of genitals do I have? That’s none of your bloody business.

3: While lots of transgender girls can’t wait to get home to put on a bra, I can’t wait to get home to ditch it.

Haha! If I could actually get away by staying in my pajamas all day I would. Truth is, to me, being a low-key trans girl, my gender is more of an internal thing. Sure enough, I care about fashion just like any other girl does, but I seldom go over the top with it. Shopping for super deals on ebay is my passion!

4: The thought of clubbing and partying the night away makes me feel drained.

There’s no party like my low-key trans girls party. Because such party never happened in the first place!

Face it. I’m a chill lady. I would rather go out for coffee with a few friends instead. This is why it’s perfectly acceptable for anyone else to stay home on Friday night reading an essay on women rights in Africa! Do what youw want! It doesn’t matter if you didn’t even brush your hair today. You do you!  You’re a beautiful, interesting mind and that is all that matters. Plus, there’s nothing like sushi and a good drink in the comfort of your home, away from the noise and the messy drunk people.

5: Friends and Relatives say: I would have no problem with someone like you using the female restroom. You aren’t like them.

Dear friends, I know you’re just trying to say something nice, but it doesn’t make me feel better when you insult other people in order to compliment me. Plus: Like whom? Who determines who is feminine enough to use a public restroom?

6: Some people often share their sexual fantasies and fetishes with you as you begin to roll eyes hard.

I’m first a woman, and a decent one at that. I don’t care about your sexual fantasies bro. Why are you sharing all this personal information with me? I won’t send you nudes. Perhaps you want to meet some crossdressers instead? Whoever it is, I am not your lady. Trust me.

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One comment

  1. I can so relate. I’m me, and I’m the only person I worry about answering to. I can’t remember the last time I was out on a Friday night. And that’s okay in my book.

    Thanks for writing what many of us feel.

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