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Trans people are sharing their experiences with #TransLooksLikeThis

The hashtag is a response to discrimination against those not deemed 'trans enough.'


Samira Sadeque


Posted on Jan 5, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 10:09 pm CDT

A trans-positive hashtag has gone viral on Twitter for showing how transgender people don’t have to look or perform gender in a certain way.

Twitter user @wondyful started the hashtag #TransLooksLikeThis on Wednesday, bringing to light the discrimination some face for not being “trans enough,” not having top surgery or being on hormone therapy, or “passing” as their preferred gender.

While trans visibility has increased significantly over the past few years, the scope is limited as to what trans bodies, faces, and experiences look like, as the hashtag points out.

The hashtag inspired many to share their own stories and photos on Twitter.

It also revealed the intersectionality of race, class, age, and body positivity in the trans community.

Some are using the hashtag to share their journeys and teach us a thing or two about self-love.

And a trans family shared a photo with their babies, giving us hope for the future. 

The hashtag comes in a week of trans visibility on a national scale, with Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Virg.) putting up the trans flag outside her office within hours of being sworn into Congress.


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*First Published: Jan 5, 2019, 5:39 pm CST