Cover Photo: An image of a person in a sweater over a gingham button-down shirt, holding their head in frustration, long blond hair between their fingers.
Photograph by Karina Carvalho; photo illustration by Matt Ortile

How Transition Changed My Rigid Expectations of Masculinity

Obtaining a perfect grasp of masculinity was not my goal when I decided to transition, but I certainly did feel the pressure to try.

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If I insist that I was assigned the wrong gender at birth, does that mean that there is a correct gender that I should have been assigned?





Alex Nolos is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor specializing in content for the LGBTQIA+/queer community. He is currently a publishing intern for Restless Books, an independent non-profit publisher that specializes in works in translation.

Alex graduated from Marymount Manhattan college in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in English and World Literatures and is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta International Honors Society.