On Hugging Trans People: Essay up at Catapult

How did “hug a trans person” become a meme? Why do people I hardly know praise me for my “bravery”? How did I acquire shady, semi-legal testosterone back in ’01? And what does all this have to do with the Spanish conquest of the Americas???

I explore these questions, and more, in a new essay for Catapult. Read it here. (If writers wrote their own headlines, this one would be: “Seriously. Don’t Hug Me.”)