AI: First Exposure
I remember the first time I became aware that transgender men existed. It was when I read an article about Brandon Teena, which I think was in The New Yorker but I’m not totally certain of that. I was in high school then, and fascinated by the idea, but also horrified. Amazing that someone like me could live as a man, but horrifying because a lot of attention was paid to his criminal behavior and of course his murder. This was not a shiny happy story about transgender life – it was a warning.
Still, it lead me to looking more into the possibility that I might also be able to live my life differently. It got me onto a path that looks nothing like the story I read in that magazine.
Do you remember your first exposure to some part of queer life? Was it something that applied to you? Does any moment of realization stand out in your memory?
The Afternoon Inqueery (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Queereka communtiy. Look for it every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 3pm ET.
Featured image is of Brandon Teena.