Introducing trans and/or intersex characters - some common and less common pitfalls!
(A note that here I also include all sorts of nonbinary, genderqueer, gender-nonconforming and other kinds of non-cis / gender-atypical characters too, even if they are not explicitly labeled trans; but that wouldn't fit into the word limit. Sorry about that!)
A few words about me before I get to the pitfalls:
I both edit and review a lot of trans-related fiction. I edited Transcendent 2: The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction 2016 (#Lammys winner) and the upcoming Transcendent 3 too. :)
2100 words, contemporary portal fantasy deconstruction + sense of wonder + feels!
(Content warning for physical injury + threat of death.)
Choice quote :) :
"Up until then, you’d just assumed that most people couldn’t even see the doors, let alone go through them; you’d had plumbers in to fix the bathroom after the cheetah incident, and they hadn’t seen anything."
I really liked the feelings the protagonist had about the portals and how this conflicted with everyday life, the need to pay bills, etc.
I also enjoyed the second person narration! I only realized halfway through the story was in second person, it's done very smoothly -