Presenting as Masculine isn’t a Lesbian Requirement

On finding and expressing my true self.

Jai Burgette
Human Parts
Published in
5 min readNov 20, 2023

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The author on her 1st birthday.

“You’re not man enough for me,” she said with disgust. I placed my phone on the brown leather couch and listened as she told me my voice was too high and I didn’t dress masculinely enough. No amount of backward-fitted caps could make me “manly” enough for her. I furrowed my brow and scanned the room, trying to…

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Jai Burgette
Human Parts

An individual with a passion for capturing life’s moments through writing. I believe everyone should be heard, but I like to be read instead.