Transgender individuals often face a barrage of questions from family, friends, medical professionals, and others, asking them to account for and explain their identities. Ultimately, these questions all come down to one fundamental concern: “Why do you feel this way?” This essay offers one potential answer. By turning to the philosophical concept of reincarnation through the methodological approach of autoethnography, this essay posits a relationship among past lives and current lives as one potential way of accounting for one author’s (trans) identity. We present an exploration of one author’s identity in the form of a dialogue with the other author, a supportive friend curious about his interlocutor’s beliefs in reincarnation and excited to learn.

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