Olive and her mother, Tatiana, and her father, Harry. Photo courtesy of Olive. 

Olive and her mother, Tatiana, and her father, Harry. Photo courtesy of Olive. 

Life as a transgender woman whose parents voted for trump 

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Olive is parked in front of a grocery store miles away from her home. She pushes back her seat, undoes her pants, and pulls them down over her hairy legs. Then she slips on a skirt, top and jean jacket.

“Aaah, freedom!” she exhales.

Olive calls herself “vampire trans” because she dresses as male during the day, but at night puts on makeup and wears women’s clothes.

She chose the name Olive partly because she used to imagine herself go-go dancing in olive-colored clothing.

But at home, she goes by her old name: Richard.

She lives with her parents, immigrants in their mid-60s.

“The transgender. That is ridiculous for me,” says her mother, Tatiana, who’s from Romania. 

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