Feature photo via @junodawson on Instagram.

We live in a homophobic and transphobic society that makes it difficult for LGBTQIA people to come to terms with our identities. As a trans woman and feminist who once identified as a femme gay male, I know better than anyone how hard it can be to negotiate your identity and navigate the world in a society that wasn’t built for you. So when I read Attitude magazine’s interview with trans author Juno Dawson, in which she says, “there are a lot of gay men out there who are gay men as a consolation prize because they couldn’t be women,” I was happy to see a trans woman speaking out about that struggle.

The internet had a completely different reaction.

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