Awareness & Advocacy
Why This Trans Guy Started a Blog
My Not-New Year’s Resolution: I started working on this blog before New Year’s. Therefore, it is not a New Year’s Resolution, and therefore I am actually committed and it will happen. That, and my friend Kim helped me set this up and will likely kill me if I don’t follow through.
But, here’s why I actually decided to share my journey:
For my brothers (and sisters, and n/b siblings)
Before I came out as trans, I was studying as if I were prepping for a final exam. I read articles and blogs, watched educational videos, interviewed others in the community, joined Facebook groups, started a Tumblr, and took my own notes for studying and comparing my options. While there was a ton of information out there, I didn’t find much that I could really relate to. Most of the guys who are actively sharing their stories online are younger, a lot of them still in high school. As a 26-year-old, white-collar professional, there wasn’t a wealth of practical information in terms of shaping my expectations. Hopefully I can help fill that gap.
I also hope to bring some optimism, positivity, and entertainment to the community. It’s an ugly word out there, and there is plenty of bullshit to fill up your Facebook feed. Sure, being trans has it’s fair share of challenges – but it’s also something to celebrate. This doesn’t always have to be such a serious topic.
For my allies
Pre-2016, even as an open and proud member of the LGBTQ community, I had zero conception of the truth behind the T in the acronym before I started to explore it. I had never (to my knowledge) spent time with a transman/woman, I had the most misconceptions, and the entire concept was thought to me. Most of our allies are in that same boat.. but how can I blame them?
There is such a huge need for visibility. We need education for and conversations with allies – we need more honest, open, and friendly dialogue. Allies play such a critical role, both individually, and to the community as a whole. We need to help them understand.
Okay, we all have our selfish moments. Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of internet-induced love? Plus, I need somewhere to vent, especially when that t-rage kicks in.
Hope you all enjoy it!