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How My Late Grandmother Is Still Affirming My Gender

A note on a photograph

G. L. Balend in 1975

I recently discovered an old photo of myself, taken in 1975, when I was around three years old. I still have memories of myself from that age, mostly short blips, but still clear as the day they happened. One of those blips was telling my grandmother I was a boy. I’m sure it wasn’t the first time I’d said it, and I know it wasn’t the…

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