Ticking all the trans boxes

Rachel Saunders
5 min readFeb 29, 2024
Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich: https://www.pexels.com/photo/close-up-photo-of-checklist-on-white-paper-6837789/

No matter how far you go back through trans internet subcultures there has always been a habit in the community to measure trans folk and those we think may be trans by a series of boxes. These exercises range from online trans tests, the diagnostic criteria used by medial professionals, through to the transvestigations done both in jest and with malicious intent. Regardless of the motivation, the fact that there is a list that people can…

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