How Transitioning Genders Works – How to Transition

Trans(form) is a month-long series on MarieClaire.com that explores the challenges, surprises, and victories of transitioning today. See the full collection here.

Remember John Oliver’s segment on Last Week Tonight following Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover reveal? He went off—quite articulately—about the completely lurid, wildly inappropriate way trans celebrities are asked about what’s going on below the belt.

“It is no more okay to ask transgender people about their sex organs than it is to ask Jimmy Carter whether or not he’s circumsized,” he ranted. “Some transgender people do undergo hormone therapy, or sexual-reassignment surgery, as part of their transition; some do not; and interestingly, their decision on this matter is, medically speaking, none of your f*cking business.”