No Need for Defense
What did I learn from falling in love with a trans person? That spark plugs are on sale this week at Fleet Farm. How to feed a chicken. How to drive a trailer. The secret to making the best mojito you’ve ever had.
So begins Blair Braverman’s essay on her relationship with her trans partner Quince, a meditation on love and misunderstanding, and even outright hate, in small-town America. This is not an “expose” on what it’s like to be trans or to be intimate with someone who is, but rather a story about what it’s like to fall in love when the people around you don’t understand and aren’t sympathetic.