I used to always forget to shave my pits. And in forgetting, I realised that I definitely wasn’t shaving for my personal preference.
I would get ingrown hairs and damn it would sting when I put underarm deodorant on. Why should I keep at it? And so it began to grow 🌱
Hair growth is personal and should be in the control of the wearer.
To wear your fuzz or not to wear your fuzz 🔥
I hurriedly finished the last 150 pages of Laurie Frankel’s brilliant This Is How It Always Is the night before our holiday and it left me in tatters (as per the second photo). It’s the story of Rosie and Penn and their five sons, the youngest of whom is Claude. As a young child Claude looks forward to growing up to be a girl, and by the time he’s five it’s clear that his preference for ‘girl things’ is not a whim: he is withdrawn and retiring as Claude, but radiant and sociable when, with his parents’ support, he becomes Poppy. Frankel is the mother of a transgender child who transitioned at a young age, and it shows: nobody could write this eloquently about the unique emotions, fears, and challenges associated with being a parent under these circumstances without firsthand experience. As the parent of a gender stereotype non-conforming child (who may yet declare themselves as transgender, but currently regards themselves as cis-gendered) I felt so ‘seen’ by Frankel’s novel. A transphobic crime prompts the family to move liberal-seeming Seattle, but a hastily determined decision to present Poppy as ‘just another girl’ becomes ever more fraught for the family as puberty approaches, and when things fall apart it’s devastating to read - hence me sobbing through it. The way in which Rosie and Penn both support Poppy and conspire to conceal her origins as Claude present such a convincing account of what it’s like to support a transgender child’s right to exist as their true self, while being utterly terrified at the possible consequences of the world finding out the ‘truth’ about your child. Needless to say I loved this book, which I’ve enthusiastically recommended in a Facebook group for parents of gender diverse children. Please read this sad, funny, superbly written novel, even if its story isn’t directly relevant to you. Families of transgender and gender diverse kids need you to understand their reality and love and support their amazing kids. @laurie.frankel
Tasmania has just passed legislation that makes gender on birth certificates optional, and removes the requirement for transgender people to have surgery in order to have their gender recognised. It also allows people aged 16 years or older to apply to change their registered gender without parental approval, and clarifies laws that protect the right of an individual to express their gender without discrimination. This means Tasmania joins Ireland, my other home, in having some of the most progressive legislation on gender recognition globally.
It will not impact the lives of people who do not identify as trans or gender diverse, but it will potentially save the lives of those who do. It's about protecting a minority that has some of the highest suicide rates and mental health issues. It's a brave move, that involved cross-party support to get it across the line. And it's an opportunity for some of us who've never had our identity interrogated or denied in this way to learn and be better allies. #transrights#LGBTIQ#Tasmania#genderdiverse #identity#taspol#auspol#genderbreadman#poltas#transrightsarehumanrights#transformingtasmania#teni#transireland#itspronouncedmetrosexual
When you instigate a tickle fight you can’t win... PRO TIP: turn on the charm
“Mom, let’s just sit cozy and have a talk. Tell me, what was your favorite part about your day?...”
(field note: day 106 of consecutive leopard suits, temporarily abandoned to help sister ring in #nationalunicorndayday approx 5 hours until suit reappeared)
Tune in to Smart Arts on 3RRR tomorrow (Thursday) at 11.30am (Australian EST) as I speak with Richard Watts about being a trans man, my memoir ‘A Cut Closer to Whole’, and speaking at the Bendigo Pride & Queer Film Festivals.
Smart Arts focuses on Visual art, theatre, film and literature. You can listen at 102.7FM, www.rrr.org.au, and on the TuneIn app. #trans#transman#transgender#genderdiverse#LGBTIQ +
7010 April, 2019
Tune in to Smart Arts on 3RRR tomorrow (Thursday) at 11.30am (Australian Eastern Standard Time) as I speak with Richard Watts about being a trans man, my memoir ‘A Cut Closer to Whole’, and speaking at the Bendigo Pride & Queer Film Festivals.
Smart Arts focuses on Visual art, theatre, film and literature. You can listen at 102.7FM, www.rrr.org.au, and on the TuneIn app. #transgender#transman#trans#genderdiverse#LGBTIQ +
🏳️🌈Our next meeting for SHIFT is this Thursday, April 11th from 5-6:30pm. We are excited to have Lux Welsh, a Peer Support Worker from Trans Care BC, joining us for a discussion on navigating medical services.
SHIFT is a group for youth 13-19years of age that identify as transgender, non-binary, Two-Spirit or gender diverse. Please contact Addison Lee for more information and to register as space is limited. Dinner will be provided ☺️ #shift#shifthappens#lgbtq#supportgroup#youth#victoriayouthempowermentsociety#yyj#victoriabc
1228 April, 2019
Had the incredible opportunity to take "Physical Therapy for the Trans-Gender Diverse Patient" this weekend from a phenomenal group of PT's and other healthcare professionals including the LEGENDARY @healthywomen_healthymen_llc . Besides the great material, it was awesome getting time with other practitioners, especially my fellow Santa Cruz PT @allianceptandwellness and amazing local MD Dr. Jen Hastings who we are SO lucky to have here in Santa Cruz championing excellent care for so many underserved patients. To anyone reading this who has undergone top or bottom gender affirmation surgery OR who is planning to, please reach out to learn more about how pelvic floor physical therapy can REALLY help surgical outcomes. .
Did you know that if someone receives gender affirming care to help their body match their gender identity, their suicide risk (which can be as high as 50%!!) goes down to match that of their Cis-gender peers?
After feeling the pain of genital injury during childbirth, I can only imagine how hard recovery from gender affirming surgeries can be and how much pelvic PT can make a huge impact. I'm SO excited to help these patients. Pelvic Potential is a space for ALL HUMANS to heal, learn and discover the true capabilities of their bodies! #pelvicpotential#getpt1st
Some people are just meant to be in the same story.✨
They ignite something in me that helps me breathe a little easier, love a little more openly, and live a little more fully. And they make me laugh. 💛
I believe we all have people that come into our lives who help us shine a little brighter. Let them know how much you appreciate them. Let them know how much you love them.
I love you @sageakouri. 🧡
40418 March, 2019
Congratulations @jjami3 and Anthony! ❤️ Such a beautiful wedding and family! Thank you for inviting us to celebrate your special day!
49217 March, 2019
You, colour me. You colour my soul. ✨
75413 March, 2019
“There is no more precious a privilege than to be loved without reserve or judgement, to look deeply into your partners eyes and see that despite your many faults and flaws you are cherished precisely as you are.
Once you have known a love like that in your life, it stays with you forever.” - @beautaplin
89411 March, 2019
Off to the VicSRC Student Voice Awards with my partner in crime to celebrate student voices, leadership and student-led action in Victoria. 🙌🏼✨ #vicsrc#vicsrcvoices
1021318 October, 2018
“Firsts” with you are always special and today was one that I have been looking forward to sharing with you for such a long time. We may be young, crazy and completely misunderstood, but these words on my chest, that mirror yours, will always remind me of the special and completely insane connection I’ve found in you. ❤️
881413 October, 2018
Happy Birthday my love.✨ I am so grateful for the night you grabbed my hand and pulled me onto the dance floor, changing our worlds forever.
You are the kindest, most fierce and irrepressible person I know and I couldn’t be more proud of YOU. Every single day you challenge me in ways I never knew possible and help me to be better, learn more, and continually grow.
Life with you has been one hell of a ride and it’s one of the many things I love about you. You are my favourite part of everyday and I can’t wait to share so much more with you. There will never be anyone that comes close to you - I love you and Happy Birthday! ❤️🎉✨🎊🎈
83426 September, 2018
There’s no one that comes close to you.❤️
79320 September, 2018
47719 August, 2018
Since sharing a part of my journey late last year around the same sex marriage plebiscite and being more open about my sexuality, people often ask me questions about what it’s like to be in a relationship with someone who identifies as Trans/ Non-Binary.
In the spirit of being open and somewhat wishing I had someone to talk to about this years ago, Sage and I have decided to make a video to help pass on the information we have learnt through our experiences.
If there is something you would like to know more about or to gain further understanding on something, feel free to DM me some questions or comment them below and we will try our best to answer them during our video! 💕
100729 July, 2018
29219 May, 2018
I still remember the moment I fell in love with you.
43216 May, 2018
We found a strength we never knew.🌹
58522 April, 2018
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” I couldn’t be more proud of you @soybeansage. What an exciting day to be by your side. ❤️