I’m Trans & Society Removed My Comfort Around Children

Unpacking the origin behind my queer fear of kids

Alex Mell-Taylor
Prism & Pen
Published in
9 min readMay 23, 2024

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Photo by Ben Wicks on Unsplash

I used to love looking after children. I found it fun to invent games and run around (and still do), and that made me a really good babysitter. I was once, unprompted, paid a $50 tip at a family event (this was before inflation) and offered a babysitting gig on the spot.

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