The Trans-Queer Fear Of Appearing Heteronormative

I wrote a piece for queer London magazine The Most Cake about trans and queer assimilations into heteronormativity:

When trans people first come out, there’s a societal expectation that their gender expression will be traditionally masculine/feminine in line with their newly declared gender identity. Social norms, even in the trans community, place a heavy emphasis on “passing”. Trans gender expressions are judged by how well they “pass” for cis, and there’s pressure to prove that your gender identity is valid—if you’re *really* a girl, you’ll be more traditionally feminine than a 1950s housewife.

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