I've spent the past year working on a project about transgender healthcare. It's crunch time now, so I'm going back through notes on hundreds of interviews. Last summer I interviewed a woman who asked the state 20 years ago to pay for sex reassignment surgery. Newspapers from Texas to Alaska covered the story. The state declined, but her name was out there. Her friends abandoned her. Neighbors harassed her. She lost her job and now lives in a garage on a cot. Here's a little quote she said to me over a breakfast of hashbrowns and endless coffee refills.
"People like us aren't inferior. I’m a straight woman. I like redneck men. There’s nothing you can do to keep me away from them, especially when they’re driving a big truck."