Scholar Finds Freedom in Identifying as ‘Trans-Species’ Hippo

One man has taken gender dysphoria to a new level. Beyond considering himself “transgender,” University of Arizona visiting scholar Florentin Félix Morin now wants to be identified as “trans-species” or what he calls “tranimal” by identifying, at least metaphorically, as a hippopotamus.

His hippo alter-ego allows Morin to “feel cute, confident, sexy, and safe. I discovered that another self was available for me: being a hippo means that I don’t have to be a boy or a girl, a child or an adult, normal or strange,” he says.

How sad that a human must identify with the animal world in order to feel accepted and valued.

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