Let me just go out on a limb here (so apropos for Eden, right?), but I think that the confidence that lends itself to being able and willing to express one’s gender, whether in a gallery or in a bar, opens oneself up to vulnerability. There is that vulnerability that you start to see and examine within: I am different. I am unique. Is this bad? You know it is not “mainstream,” so that opens you up to a higher possibility of misunderstandings, brutality perhaps even, from the outside.
Confidence in being true to oneself means that criticism targets the real you. Ouch.
Acceptance of gender expression outside of the cultural “norm” will hopefully entice more people to be confident in their own expression, in turn making them more vulnerable and leading to a truer and more fulfilling life!
I see vulnerability and confidence at the same time with their expression; what do you see?