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It happened to me today. I am a trans woman, an intersex female with ample ID to prove the point.
I was at a pharmacy, standing in line at the cashier, with my arms full of feminine hygiene and beauty products. It’s now my turn, and the young male cashier asks, “May I help you, sir?” I was momentarily stopped in my tracks, but said nothing and paid for my purchase. The cashier asked me if I’d like a bag and I said, “Yes please”, thanked him and left. According to friends and co workers I speak in a very acceptable feminine voice, I was fully dressed, hair done, makeup, and was talking with a girlfriend who was with me. I really don’t know why he chose to misgender me.
It doesn’t happen that often, in fact in the 19 months that I have been living as a woman, it has only occurred half a dozen times, so I really can’t complain. But for some reason, this time it really bugged me, and I’m wondering what my response should be when it happens.
Ms. Lauren M
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