I’ve written a lot of articles on this site for transgender allies—from a lexicon of transgender terms to a coming out letter to an explanation of why I pretended to be a woman. But there are brilliant trans writers elsewhere who have powerful stories and perspectives.
Many of them have already written about concepts I haven’t gotten around to writing about—and cover important topics better than I could ever cover them myself.
I’ll be continuously collecting short thoughts and articles written by trans folks that I think need to be shared, and adding them to this page. They’ll be framed by topic and description. I hope you read them—I think anyone who does will be a better person for it.
Must-read articles for trans allies
I Am A Transwoman. I Am In The Closet. I Am Not Coming Out.
An incredibly powerful article originally written as a private note by a closeted trans woman. She describes her experience, along with her decision not to transition. Most everyone in her life believes she is a man.
Common misperceptions made by well-intentioned trans allies.
This quick Quora answer by Casey Jones does a wonderful job briefly explaining gender dysphoria in contrast to how it’s often misunderstood. Madsen Zimric shares a personal story of how someone’s attempt to show support made them feel very unsafe. And Katie Ann Holton shares on why it can be hurtful to speak for a trans person if you yourself are not one.
Why “cisgender” is not a slur.
Some thoughts by Elliot Mason on how people with privilege can take offense to not being seen as the standard model of
This is just the very beginning of what I hope becomes a rich resource. Feel free to comment about articles you think should be included here, and why.