Hey, I’m not offended by the Queerty comment. The reason is because I actually tried to be the “best dressed” one of the bunch.
And, this is because I know how trans women are often derided for our looks. Gays do it; straights do it — looks are always how trans women are judged. So, I choose the most professional, feminine Navy uniform I could find, made sure the uniform fit properly, and then I was determined to look professional and proud wearing that uniform
Basically, I wanted to make sure that my look in that uniform sent a message about transgender people being capable of looking appropriate, powerful, and professional, but also just about looking good.
And if you notice, not one mainstream media outlet noted I was trans, even though it was in the press release. If I’d looked less than impecable, you can be damn sure that my being trans, coupled with my less than impecable looks would have been the focus of their articles.
I sent messages to Mainstream Media, and our LGBT community, by military bearing in that uniform. If I looked “hot” doing it, then that’s a bonus.