So, I'm planning out my second book in the YA fantasy series I'm writing and I'm trying to figure out how to properly and respectfully introduce a trans*woman character. I kind of want to make it clear that she's trans* while also not treating her as some token character who is just there to make me look good. Also, for the record, she was born biologically male, but I always refer to her by her preferred gender. So, I'll give you her background:
Her name is Dr. Audrey Bowman and like nearly all my characters, she's a half-dragon--specifically a Silver half-dragon. She's a former military psychologist who was discharged because she was asked to participate in a research program that looked into studying other half-dragons who have had their magic returned to them (in her world, magic use to be common, but went extinct, and now has suddenly returned) and the military want to figure out ways to use these new magic users to their benefit, even if it's not under the most humane ways. Which of course, she refused. So, she leaves and starts a group who look for magic users before the military does or extracts them from military compounds and essentially hides them until they can get new identities or give them support in learning to control and use their new magic. She is basically the founder, leader, coordinator, head teacher (because she can use magic too), therapist, mother figure, or whatever else a person needs.
The MC first 'sees' Audrey near the end of the first book (in a video), but doesn't formally meet her until the second. Audrey had been helping the MC's parents with ways to control and confine her magic until she was old enough but blah blah, plot happened. So, MC spends the next book searching for Audrey in order to get her help because she's quite knowledgeable. And before anyone asks, legit, she's not secretly evil or anything. She's always a good guy and seen as a positive character.
So, yeah. I just want to find a way to make it clear that she's trans* without falling into the Rowling trap of revealing it after the series is over only to have many people not consider it canon because it wasn't revealed in the book. I want to do it in the story but I don't know how exactly to get the information in there.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!