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How a transgender Muslim man brings his worlds together

How a transgender Muslim man brings his worlds together

He walked unsteadily across the tattered green carpet inside the mosque. Out of habit, he stepped for a moment toward the women's section. Then he made his way to the front, where the men pray. In one sense, everything felt familiar after a childhood spent in Islamic Sunday school every week: the smell of strong cologne worn by so many of the men, the low murmur of Koran recitations. "Can they tell?" Alex Bergeron recalls asking himself as he knelt for prayer. Interested in the stories shaping California? Sign up for the free Essential California newsletter >> The sideways glances were probably innocuous. Just other men taking a fleeting moment to register the...

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