Thank you so much for putting this all out there, Joanna. I got chills reading. We tend to hear (and normalize) the happy, euphoric gender transition stories, but I wonder if we downplay the struggles, mental battles, and all the things that have to be so carefully weighed pre-transition that you've outlined perfectly right here... I wonder if we don't talk enough about these things, because it perhaps feeds the fear narrative, especially, the one used by anti-trans folks who think trans people are just "confused." There's a huge difference between confusion and anxiety. Or between confusion and fear of the unknown. At the same time, I think it's perfectly fine for anyone under the trans umbrella to feel confused - no one is immune from that feeling. Anyway, I'm rambling. But I want to thank you for your brave, bold, authentic voice, and let you know we're all here to support you - even if only "virtually."

Dismantler of gender norms. Political news junkie. TikTok aficionado. Mom of 3. Work seen/heard @ HuffPost, Scary Mommy, NPR, SiriusXM, LTYM, TIFO podcast, etc.

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