That Time I Tried to be a Dude

The Tipping Point on My Journey to Trans Awareness

“Any child of narcissists, addicts, or rage junkies is an expert at de-escalation.”—Lauren Hough

I was talking to my friend, Steve, last night and made the sarcastic quip, “Oh, yeah, I’m a shrinking violet.”

He’d complimented me that I command a room. I was pleasantly surprised. Living as the woman I am lets me be me. If I don’t hold back, it’s because I’ve no reason to stifle myself.

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Bethany Beeler

Bethany Beeler

Author of North Street Book Prize Finalist, _How to NOT Know You’re Trans_, and artist. Her work has been published in multiple publications.