The Painful Privilege Of Passing

Charley Reid
The Establishment
Published in
6 min readOct 25, 2015

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The night of my ‘passing,’ I realized I’d achieved in six months what some never achieve their entire lives.

“You are lovely.”

The man was clearly drunk, but still I smiled and looked down at my hands, pretending to be occupied with my nails. It was a gesture formed from years of being uncomfortable with direct…

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