One of the stories that has followed me my entire life involves a 3-year-old version of myself. When asked what my name was for my of that third year, …
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(You probably don’t need to have seen the Bob Newhart Show’s most famous episode, “Over the River and Through the Woods,” to understand this newsletter…
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Several months into my adventures with hormone replacement therapy, I came to realize that my memory, which I had long been proud of for its steel trap…
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Recently for whatever reason — i.e., I have been posting about it on Twitter and antagonizing various friends about it — I have become invested in answ…
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There's been an influx of subscriptions to Stealth in the last few weeks -- probably because I have a link to it as a pinned tweet, so that would make …
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“You’ve gotta start before 25,” Josie said. I could imagine her exhaling a thin stream of smoke between pursed lips behind the gym. “You’ve gotta start…
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Something has been nagging at me for the past few years when it comes to my career and livelihood: I’m doing it wrong. But it’s only been this year, in…
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I don’t like to use the term “dead name” to refer to the name I used before coming out as trans. For one thing, my situation is pretty unique — you can…
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In the front row, the old people were clapping and singing along. I didn’t precisely know how to process this information, but I knew a chasm had opene…
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Mad Men, one of my favorite TV shows ever made, begins its final stretch of episodes with a melancholy reflection on impermanence. Don Draper, who has …
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I didn't mean to go full time. I just did. This is the opposite of almost everything else in my transition, which has been carefully, rigidly planned, …
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