In 2019, I was hired by Heritage Toronto to write display copy about The ArQuives for a historical pillar. Then I kind of forgot about it.
Until relatively recently, historians did not consider transness a possibility for medieval people, as Eleanor Rykener’s case demonstrates.
Yesterday marked my fourth month on testosterone. After a few weeks, my voice was decidedly deeper. A month in, the increase in facial hair was noticeable, though it remains patchy. Now, after a few months, I can see the changes in fat distribution in my face as I begin to look more like me. This is not the beginning of my transition.
Trans people have always existed, but the language with which we have been described, understood, and recognized remains dependent on the cultures, places, and times in which we and they have been situated.