So… I’m going to write a teen romance and one of the main characters is a trans woman. Of course, I want to make sure I’m making a positive contribution to LGBTQ writing, but I have a dilemma:
Hannah is living as a woman. She’s gone through her transition and being trans doesn’t really affect her social interactions. She is a woman and everyone sees her as a woman. Because she isn’t the POV character, though, I haven’t found a way to actually bring up that she’s trans, since it doesn’t really come up much in her conversations with the POV character. Of course, the two of them are best friends, so the POV character is aware, but she doesn’t really care, if that makes sense.
How can I make it clear she’s trans? And if I can’t, how can I make a positive contribution towards transgender representation if no one even thinks about the fact that Hannah used to be male?