Katrina Goodlett, aka Kitty Bella, is a comedian, writer and the host of a web radio series, The Kitty Bella Show, highlighting the often overlooked voices of trans people of color. She has interviewed Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, Janet Mock, Laverne Cox, DarkMatter, J Mase III, and others.
I went on a date in June, my first date post-breakup. I was excited like “OK, making progress. This is me moving forward.” The guy knew I’m trans because I put that in my profile like, “Full disclosure: I’m a trans woman.” That’s another topic that gets into a lot of discussion in the community – whether or not it’s necessary to disclose your gender on your profile ‘cause, I mean, what do you put or click on when these apps are catered to cisgender heterosexual folks? On an individual level, I disclose for my personal safety ‘cause if you’re going to date me, I need you to know who I am right from the start. So the guy I was going on a date with, he was definitely aware of it.