Trans Iceland: "Your Girlfriend Was Never A Boy" - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Trans Iceland: “Your Girlfriend Was Never A Boy”

Trans Iceland: “Your Girlfriend Was Never A Boy”

Published December 8, 2015

Gabríel Benjamin
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Trans Iceland recently released a video in which they answer some of the frequently asked questions trans people get asked. Topics range from microaggressions, transphobia, genitals, binary thinking, to when they knew they were trans and what that process was like. Check out the video below—it’s in Icelandic but has English subtitles.

The video originally appeared on Gay Iceland, an LGBT news site.

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