Any time anyone says “look at the physical features of this trans person” I get extremely anxious…no matter what the motivation behind that statement. Because I know all too well how quickly this approach can turn bad for us. I know, among other things, how incredibly dangerous it can be for someone who is passing at one moment to find themselves disclosed in the next.
Letting this discussion hinge on the appearance of a handful of cisnormatively attractive trans people strikes me as an incredibly risky and dangerous tactic, which does nothing to protect the majority of us and which can actually wind up placing many of us at higher risk.
Thank you for articulating all of this so well.