Yes, yes, 1000 times yes! You’ve captured the essence of it all IMO.
“Passing” is a cosmetic goal, my past remains. I cannot hate him because he kept me alive and (relatively) sane to get to this point.
Now I want to share this sincere, beautiful, and harmless joy with everyone, and work to make space for everyone (trans or otherwise) similarly to express who they are in glorious freedom.
I am 100% woman, and 100% proud to be trans.
Thank you for speaking so eloquently!