Andrea James

What If Caitlyn Jenner Weren’t So Beautiful?



Posted: 06/02/15

But for trans women, being perceived as an attractive cis woman can have downsides, too. “In some ways, being plain makes it easier to blend in, where we can move through the world where our transgender history is not apparent,” says Andrea James, owner of one of the oldest how-to sites on transitioning. “Conversely, many attractive trans people do not ‘pass.’ When someone is attractive, people tend to scrutinize them more closely, especially if they are attracted to them.” In her younger years, James says that when people would stare at her, she knew it was either because they were going to hit on her or harass her for being trans. “It’s very strange to brace yourself for either possibility,” she says.

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