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The Power of Having a Lovely Fucking Day

In the face of increasingly dire transphobia, I’m learning that joy can help me survive

A young woman flips us the bird. She seems happy about it.
This is the way. Photo by Giorgio Trovato on Unsplash

For most of my life, whenever anyone wanted to compliment me, they would call me “strong.” It was the go-to piece of praise, from everyone — parents, partners, bosses — and I got sick of it. I wanted to hear that I was smart, funny, kind, insightful…

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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.

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