Happy and we know it

This photo is the front page of the Washington Post, in which it surveyed hundreds of trans people and found that the overwhelming majority of us – nearly 80% – said our lives were happier post-transition. And as any trans person could have predicted, the people who said their lives weren’t happier said it was largely because of how other people treated them, how they found it hard to access healthcare and so on.

None of this is remotely surprising to me, but the fact that it’s a front page newspaper story does surprise me. It’s such a contrast to how trans people are usually discussed in broadsheets, such as The Times here and the New York Times in the US: most coverage is framed on the assumption that to be trans is a terrible thing, the worst of all possible outcomes, a “contagion” to be eliminated.