When I was 10 years old, I was a boy that looked like a girl. My something neighbor used to congratulate my mother on what a beautiful young lady I was becoming. Thirteen years later, my boobs have budded—courtesy of modern medicine—but my voice has also dropped like a brick. I can now pass, at least, if I'm quiet. Passing is a refusal of the nonconsensual boyhood I lived for 19 years—kind of like how, as a baby vegetarian, I ate hamburgers at family barbecues for lack of a better option at the time.
Transgender Women Explain the Risks and Rewards of Passing as Cisgender, Stealth, and Fish
Cis men who love trans women are all around us. The secrecy they keep has only led to misunderstanding, and in the worst cases, violence, as cis men often fear their masculinity is at stake. He asked VICE to withhold his name in the interest of protecting his privacy at work. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to know the truth about life and how the world works. But when all my findings suggested I was attracted to trans women, I struggled to accept it. When I was a teenager I encountered transgender women by chance through pornographic movies. At the beginning, trans women were slightly shocking to me, but later I realized that I found them to be very sexually and visually attractive, in the same way that I am attracted to any woman.
Transgender Women Explain What It's Like When They Don't 'Look Trans'
Image: via Model Mayhem. The nowyear-old model was subsequently hired and unceremoniously fired by Janice Dickinson. Gorgeous French model Ines Rau caused a stir when she posed naked for Oyster magazine in
No straight dude wants to be thought of as gay. It doesn't matter how progressive and tolerant the world becomes. Calling a straight dude gay or making a joke about him getting it on with another man is always going to be an insult, so people need to get over it. It has nothing to do with homophobia or intolerance toward gays.