In the summer of 2004, after two decades of estrangement, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Susan Faludi received an e-mail from her father. It read:
I've got some interesting news for you. I've decided that I have had enough of impersonating a macho aggressive man that I have never been inside.
The letter was signed, "Love from your parent, Stefánie." Faludi's 76-year-old father, Steven, had had gender reassignment surgery.