When I started this conversation with Wayne, the last thing expected was for him to open with these words; ‘let’s begin with race.’ But OK, let’s, and so we hear something of the inner experience of Wayne Mertins-Brown as he walks his walk through his world through the lens of his identity and experience. It’s very powerful, almost shocking, but also has some resonance with my own experience as a trans woman. Race and gender; two ways to classify and diminish others.

This is yet another profound insight into the world we live in, so full and rich and complete that, for a moment, I wondered if there was anywhere else to go.

So we began with race, one of the most powerful intersections with gender that keeps on emerging in The Masks of Gender, and end with the sweetness of self-recognition, the sense of knowing who we are at our deepest depths.

What a wonderful man, and Friend, is Wayne, what a privilege we have to hear his wisdom, good heartedness and truth.

Molly describes herself as being a mother, a lawyer, a feminist and an Irish musician. The essence of our conversation was around her trans son, around 11 at this time, and what she learned about gender, identity, truth and more from what her son has taught her. The line in the title – the love cuts through – came from her mouth, and is of the essence of the masks of gender; cut through them to the truth of our essential identity, our reality who we really are.