Out in the Open

The personal and political tension of 'passing' while transgender

Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard identifies as a transgender woman. But when she walks down the street, Sessi says people often see her as a woman who was assigned female at birth (also known as cisgender). She tells Piya how passing can be liberating for her, but can also carry dangerous risks... and why the mere term is so controversial among transgender people.

For Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard, 'passing' as cisgender can be liberating but also carry dangerous risks

Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard (Alyza Enriquez)

This story was originally published on September 20, 2019.

Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard identifies as a transgender woman.

But when she walks down the street, she says people often see her as a woman who was assigned female at birth (also known as cisgender).

Blanchard tells Out in the Open host Piya Chattopadhyay how passing can be liberating for her, but can also carry dangerous risks... and explores why the mere term is so controversial among transgender people.


This story appears in the Out in the Open episode "Come to Pass".

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