the one person whom I will permit to call me “he”

In my recent post “martyr” I introduced “Carol” (not her real name) who I fell in love with a few months before my public transition. Unfortunately, she will have nothing to do with me.

The funny thing is, Carol is the only person in the world I will allow to call me “he” and by my original name if she ever wanted to. Not my parents, not my siblings. Not anybody I’ve felt romantic love for since.

I can’t explain this to myself or anybody else.

on the ethics of loving someone when you are about to transition publicly
explaining what my being "transgender" means to a suitor

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