Trans Joy – Honest Admiration

Trans Joy is a weekly blog series celebrating the positive side of trans experiences, in an attempt to bring some balance to contemporary trans discourses. This week I’m reposting a story of a positive interaction which happened a while ago.


I was wandering around town when I noticed a little girl (8? I don’t know how old kids are xD) staring at me. This happens pretty regularly, I often present in quite a femme way, but I never pass as a woman. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this tends to attract a lot of attention, all too often negative.

I gave a little wave to try and break the tension, she walked over and looked up at me. I mentally prepared myself for the “What are you?” question I get semi-regularly, from both children (irritating but understandable) and adults (who should fucking know better).

Instead she looked at me with the unthinking sincerity children sometimes have and said “I think you look really lovely!

Flustered I smiled and thanked her for being so nice. I walked away with a smile, my day brightened by such a simply positive interaction. So often in public spaces I walk around on the defensive, so everyone once in the while it’s good to be reminded that people can respond positively to seeing overt queerness as well.



I hope you all find some joy this week too ❤ If you want to contribute to this project then please get in touch 🙂



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