Big fan of the 1940s "mysterious illness" method of coming out
A fabulous twist to this story is that Barbara was pressured to divorce her partner because it was suddenly a same-sex marriage.. and then remarried him a few years later after he transitioned, in one of the first recorded examples of t4t
here's a great piece about her: https://slate.com/human-interest/2022/03/barbara-ann-richards-trans-history-california.html
@prehensile "I can't come into work today, I caught a bad case of the gender"
also the idea that a man without a beard is unheard of
@prehensile also I think there was that method in 19th century when they said "I don't know, I just woke up one day as a different sex, probably a miracle, and believe me, I tried everything to get my AGAB body back, but to no avail 😥 so here is my new name I was forced to pick for myself"
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