I just want to share a sorta funny story...see I'm a cis-female but I run a huge support group in my state where a lot of trans-men/women come, meet with each other, discuss problems and an online support group for people who live in other countries or can't travel out of state to come but still want the same result. I collect donations and help people out...so I always giggle a little bit when instead of thinking I'm an ally, someone will compliment me saying that if they met me and didn't know me they'd think I was a cis-female. Nope, just an ally
It's always so cute, and I think it makes my trans-friends happy when they find out I'm just an ally who puts that much time and effort into helping the cause, but I think it varies for trans-individuals. While some of my friends prefer to just "pass" others are proud that they've gone through something like hormones, surgeries, etc and proudly state that they are transgender.