Human Parts
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Human Parts

In Defense of the Awkward Phase

Being a clueless, dorky baby queer was the only way for me to come out at all.

A balloon with a “cringe” face on it, just like the one you’ll make reading this piece.
Behold, the decorations at my Adult Gender Reveal. Photo by Bernard Hermant on Unsplash

Every photo that I’ve taken of myself in the past two years makes me cringe. I cannot stop taking them. I’m nearly two years into my transition, just reaching the end (middle? Late middle? Don’t say beginning) of my awkward baby queer years, and it’s become a ritual: Monitoring…

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Jude Ellison S. Doyle

Jude Ellison S. Doyle

Author of “Trainwreck” (Melville House, ‘16) and “Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers” (Melville House, ‘19). Columns published far and wide across the Internet.