In a world rife with transphobia, coming out as transgender at any age is no easy task. Older adults, in particular, may face unique challenges that younger trans people don't, and resources specific to this demographic are scarce.

In February 2020, San Francisco became the first city in the United States to fund public services for older trans adults and adults with disabilities, a trend that will hopefully continue throughout the country.

Why now?

Coming out as trans is a deeply personal journey, unique to each person, so there is no single reason why someone may have waited to come out. But for many elderly trans people, coming out in their teens or 20s would have meant doing so in a much less understanding world—one where the term “transgender” didn’t even exist. Some of them may not even have known that transitioning was an option.

As for motivations for coming out later in life, one study uncovered that those who