About 10 years ago, I went through gender reassignment (assigned male at birth) and started living as a female. I had all my documents, including my passport changed to reflect this.
Recently, I made the decision to "detransition" in terms of my appearance, due to various reasons such as the social difficulties that trans people face (Risk of violence, discrimination when finding work, etc).
This was really just a change in my appearance - I cut my hair short and stopped wearing make-up and generally just wear jeans and t-shirt. I still consider myself to be female, I just don't look it.
I now have the problem that the gender on my passport does not match how most people see me. My photo is also out of date because my hair is now short. Obviously I need to at least update the photo, but am I likely to have problems at the border if my gender doesn't appear to match even though my appearance does?
(I did get questioned at the border in Ukraine because I hadn't had the chance to change my passport, but due to the language barrier it was hard to tell if they were more concerned about the appearance differences or my gender. They did eventually let me through after asking to see some old photographs of me.)
I plan on travelling to Florida soon and would like to go back to Ukraine next year. I'd rather not change the gender on my passport (it might be quite difficult to do anyway).
I'm wondering if I can try to mitigate problems by trying to appear more feminine when I cross the border? Or are trans people just always going to have problems in places like Ukraine?