Trans people, the awkward questions they face, and how they answer

| National Post

At a party, in a checkout line or out to dinner, transgender model Arisce Wanzer has this to say about routine, uncomfortable questions from strangers and acquaintances:

“Why are you jumpin’ into my underwear from the get-go?” We asked Wanzer, 27, in Los Angeles and two other trans people — Janet Mock, 31, and Joy Ladin, 53, to share how they handle chance, intrusive encounters.

“As an educator, I believe it’s really important for people to ask questions, but at the same time I’m a person and not a public billboard,” said Ladin, an English professor at Yeshiva University in New York and author of Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders.

Added Mock, whose memoir Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More was released in February: “It’s just so interesting to me how we’re just kind of stripped of that common human decency.

Trans people, the awkward questions they face, and how they answer | National Post.

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