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One Year

One year ago today, I received my first injection of testosterone. I feel great. There is a well of gratitude and stability within me that I can touch and feel almost whenever I choose to check in with it that … Continue reading

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The ‘Wrong’ Body

I am transgender, and I was not born in the ‘wrong’ body. My body is only ‘wrong’ in a binary-focused, cisnormative narrative that says being trans is only ok if you strive to assimilate to mainstream cultural ideas of gender and … Continue reading

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Decoder Ring

In my entire memory, I have never liked anything feminine – at least, not for myself. At first, this made me feel defective, like I would never measure up to other women, because I didn’t like dresses, I never, ever … Continue reading

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Nametags, Pronouns, and Lifting the Burden

Wintertime, about a week before I was to begin physical transition, I was at a Quaker retreat. At this point in time, folks who didn’t know me consistently and incorrectly presumed I was a cisgender woman, much to my dismay. This is … Continue reading

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Visibility

Coming out of having lived life as a queer woman, one of the realities of physical transition coupled with cis-normativity is an inevitable disconnection from some of the queer spaces I used to feel affirmed and accepted in. While I … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, 2014

This past week I attended the first two days of the three-day Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference (PTHC). What an incredible experience. PTHC is an annual, completely free conference for trans* folks, allies, and healthcare providers. There are tons of tables for various … Continue reading

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On Being ‘Other’

I grew up in quite liberal, accepting environments. At one of the schools I went to for many years, the gay kids were the cool kids, not the outcasts. I later went to a women’s college, where there was a … Continue reading

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