Kim Winchester – Silence/Passing

“I was so ashamed back then.”

A lot of people don’t want to talk about [transgender life]. It’s just like the ‘50s and the ‘60s, when people with special needs were locked in closets and cupboards. It’s the same concept.

[In the 1950-60s] I couldn’t talk to my mother. My sister was the closest person I could talk to about it. I was so ashamed back then, I wouldn’t even talk to her about it. I did not think they would understand.

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Sources: Interviews with Laura S. Hodgman on 22 February 2013 and August 28, 2013.