06/16/2015 12:52 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

I'm Proud Of Being Trans, And I Don't Care About Passing

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A few months ago, sitting on a tram at lunchtime, I noticed a young girl staring at me with her mouth wide open. Staring back, I thought: There's nothing like the puzzled look of a child on public transport to tell you you're not passing.

But the thought made me pause and consider this moment between us from another perspective. What if I was the first trans woman she'd seen? After all, I probably was. I smiled warmly back at her.

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