As a kid, the writer reveled in her androgyny. But when puberty threatened to declare a gender for her, she became mired in an identity crisis—until a stranger liberated her with a single word.
As this writer knows, a seemingly harmless slight from an authority figure as a kid can undermine your confidence as an adult. But she’s working on getting over it.
Facing disbelief from authorities and ignorance from the public, victims like Jamie X are turning to the Internet to find their voice and—hopefully—some justice.