[My girlfriend’s mother has, in the past, been blissfully ignorant concerning the details of my gender identity. This ignorance has lately been lifted, and as such, my Nominatissima may face rather severe consequences for her (lesbian) relationship with a “disgusting, self-mutilating freakshow*” such as myself. Nominatissima is off at the moment, presumably trying to smoothe things over. As such, I have no one to talk to about this subject at the moment, and fear that I risk having a meltdown if I don’t get it out of my system. As such, I’m afraid I’m going to inflict the sordid details of my personal life upon you, dear readers.]
Before you respond to anything, before you rush to judgement concerning your daughter or myself, I would like the chance to say a few things. First of all, it’s rather obvious that prior to about five hours ago, you thought quite highly of me. Unless I have very much missed my guess, you considered me to be brilliant, witty, eloquent, and generous. At the risk of engaging in a little bit of egotism, you were well-grounded in all of these beliefs. You also believed (correctly) that I harbour no evil intentions towards either your daughter or yourself; you may recall that I have on multiple occasions rescued Nominatissima’s finances, her sanity, and indeed, your entire family life**.
Why then should your opinion of me be any different now? Not one of those qualities that I have listed, not a single one of those qualities that you liked so well in me, is in any way contigent upon my being a man. Is this detail (which I view as being, in actual fact, but a minor detail as measured against the full range of my character) enough to erase everything else that I am? Does the very fact that I consider myself to be female extinguish my intellect, suppress my humour, tie my tongue, suppress my generosity and mute the love that I have for your daughter? Does it, in short, relegate me to the level of Human garbage?
I should hope that it’s obvious that the answer is “no.” I remain the exact same person that I have always been. What is more, your daughter (whom I know that you love better than your life) remains the exact same person that she has always been.
The only thing that has changed is your perception; you have gone from believing a falsehood to knowing the truth. I hope that you have the wisdom and compassion to see it for what it is.
*That’s not a direct quote, I’m just trying to imagine what she’s going to say.
**Just who do you suppose wrote those letters of appology to your husband and stepson?