I went to work today, as per usual. Unfortunately, I’m still forced to dress “male” to work because I wouldn’t be hired otherwise. A few Transgender and Non-Binary foreigners are out at work, but not myself. I don’t know of any Taiwanese people in the ESL field who are out, though I know of some working in other white and blue collar businesses.
I prepared for the day’s classes, then went into the third of the day, and I saw something unexpected.
I saw a child wearing a dress.
This child has always had a boy’s name, and my co-teacher tells me she has a new name. And I’m spending the next hour distracted instead of doing my job, asking myself whether the little girl knows or has been influenced by me, whether this happened independent of me, whether I should tell her parents, find out if they already know, etc. There is a lot to process.
This is the first time I’ve seen a child transition at a school. Thankfully, all the other students treated her the same as before. And since the entire staff knows I’m Trans and have seen me at social events, it wasn’t a shock to them and they treated her with respect.
But it sure as hell was a shock to me.
As a friend said to me online, “Supportive parents FTW!”