In class this week, we talked a lot about Kate's true identity. As Kate Kane, Batwoman is merely a civilian who has a father who used to be in the army and a rich stepmother. She got kicked out of West Point due to her sexual preferences. She could have hid her lesbian identity and stayed in West Point, but doing so would have caused her to be someone she is not. Instead, Kate went back home, embraced her true character, and became Batwoman.
As Batwoman, Kate is a fierce, powerful, and courageous superheroine. She fights for justice, just as she would have had she stayed in West Point. However, she does not have to hide her sexual preferences, and instead is allowed to live her life in any way she chooses. As Batwoman, Kate is her true self, and this leads me to believe that Batwoman is her true identity and Kate Kane is the mask that "disguises" her from the public eye.