Fallon Fox, the Mixed Martial Arts
(MMA) fighter who came out transgender in March, said in a GQ
profile that passing is everything.
The 5-page story follows Fox, 37, as
she prepares to fight Ashlee Evans-Smith.
Along the way, we learn that Fox wasn't
always sure she wasn't a boy.
“There was no time to think about
that back in East Toledo, Ohio, in a house where fearing the Lord was
a full-time job,” GQ
As early as 5 or 6, Fox experimented
with girls' clothing.
“I stood in front of the mirror, and
I knew it was right,” she said. “But it also meant I was damned.
I mean, that seemed totally logical to me. You feel that way and
you think you've got the Devil in you, just like they say.”
“Where I came from, it was more
shocking to be an atheist than to be transgender,” Fox said.
In 2006, Fox boarded a plane to
Thailand to undergo sex reassignment surgery. She went alone.
“Passing becomes everything,
everything,” Fox said. “Every time you go into a Starbucks and
there's nothing in someone's eyes, it feels great.”