On how to be an ally without patting yourself on the back for being one

PSA: Just because I, or another trans person you know, am open about things does not mean all trans people are. It is NEVER ok to ask about surgeries. Only when that person volunteers the information. My choice to be open about this journey is so that other trans and gender non-conforming people feel less alone. While I’m open to increasing your understanding, it does not give you permission to use me or other trans people as a personal project to give yourself a pat on the back for how awesome of an ally you are.
Here’s the best post I’ve read on what allyship means, in any context.

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