It’s A Garçon/Fille Thing

| USA | Learning | April 30, 2017

(I live in a small town with a lot of hard-core right-wing anti-LGBT strongly Christian people. I myself am Christian, but am very liberal. I’m also trans, something I’ve spent years coming to terms with and am starting to tell people during my sophomore year of high school. As of this point, I have mostly only told a few friends. I tried to explain it to my parents and got a kind of “I’m going to pretend this doesn’t exist” reaction. However, despite having long hair, I look masculine enough to pass in environments where no one knows me, especially if an adult will address me as male. My school’s French Club offers a trip to Europe — specifically, France, Germany, and the Alps, with an optional add-on of going to Versailles — for several thousand dollars fund-raised over the course of three years. It’s an incredible opportunity that I’ve been looking forward to since middle school. We have finally had the meeting and signed up to start fundraising. I am hoping to be able to go stealth (pass as male) in France, though. My teacher is very kind and supportive and knows me because of all the volunteer work I’ve done for the club. I’ve thought about coming out to her all year, and one day when I’m staying after class, I finally decide to.)

Teacher: “So [Principal] told me I have to talk to [Administrator] about whether or not we can solicit free gift cards from businesses. Otherwise we can just buy them and get reimbursed.”

Me: “Okay, sounds good. Is [Friend] here today?”

Teacher: “She didn’t check in, so probably not. Now don’t be late to your next class!”

Me: “Okay! Also, this is a little awkward, but… Je ne suis pas une fille. Je suis un garçon.” *”I am not a girl. I am a boy.”*

Teacher: “Oh, tu es un garçon?” *”You are a boy?* “Okay!”

Me: “Thank you! Au demain!” *”See you tomorrow!”*

(It was probably the most well-received my coming out has been, and I’ll be able to spend ten straight days passing as a boy, having the time of my life in three countries!)

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