But then that makes the conservative bigots get angry (read the comments under the article).
Thank you for this message, Shaan :) I hope you get the opportunity to be featured in OP.
Well, I wrote Original Plumbing back and told them I’d like to be photographed. Thank you all for your notes of encouragement (Roomie, feel free to e-mail me). I wish Tumblr allowed me to personally respond to replies that people have left on my posts, but either that’s not possible or I just haven’t figured it out.
So, back in October, Original Plumbing was looking for people who wanted to be photographed for the magazine. I filled out the little “about me”-type survey and sent a photograph of myself, but didn’t get a response…until yesterday.
They’re having a photoshoot next month in Brooklyn and asked me if I wanted to participate. I’m kind of conflicted, though.
Firstly, I’m not “out” to anyone except for my friends. I highly, highly doubt that my family or co-workers would come across my picture in Original Plumbing magazine, but there’s always that slim chance.
Secondly, I’m not sure whether Original Plumbing is an appropriate space for my identity. I wrote in my “about me” survey that I was a “masculine-presenting genderqueer thing”, but I’m wondering if some readers will think, “What the hell is this non-male identifying person doing in a trans-male magazine!?” and get all angery and stuff. The fact that the OP people wrote back to me tells me that they’re okay with a non-binary-identified person being in their magazine, but I do worry about the readers.
Thirdly, despite some of my exhibitionist tendencies, I’m kind of a shy person. Having 143 Tumblr followers see my pictures and read about my gender identity online is different that than thousands of people owning a copy of a magazine with my picture in it, whether I’m naked or not, haha. Additionally, my anatomy (face and body structure) causes me to be read as female 98%, which makes me feel badly about my appearance. Do I really want to think about all of the people who would see my picture and think about how I don’t even pass as male, or ambiguous, even?
There is part of me that does want to partake in this opportunity. I guess I’m going to think about for a couple of days.
I’m trying to convince my mom to come out to California with MC and I to see her sister, nephew, niece, and cousin, but she’s been so stressed out about my brother that she doesn’t know if she wants to travel.
Now, though, she saying that she won’t come if I wear any of those “compression shirts”.
Is anyone else’s mom this fucking nuts about gender? I’m fucking 25-years old.
MC and I just booked our flights to San Fransisco! We’re gonna be there from August 22nd to 26th, and then heading to Paso Robles to visit some family members.
For those of you who are familiar with the area, please recommend some trans-friendly bars/clubs/parties/places for us to hit up :)
We haven’t planned any part of our trip yet, so…what do you recommend we do in San Francisco?
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ALSO, I think that having long hair shouldn’t take away from your masculinity as well!
Thanks for the suggestion - I’m gonna give that a try.
(For those of you who sent in requests: I’m currently working on learning the vocal melodies of “Single Ladies” on ukulele. The song itself doesn’t have many chords or instrumentation - just lots of rhythm to get you moving…)
Anyone have any songs they want me to try to play on my ukulele?
Thank you - I’m glad to hear it resonated with you. I find comfort in hearing about fellow no-ho, lo-ho, or indefinite-amount-of-hormonal- transition guys as well.
I submitted a profile to Genderfork in early December. It was posted on the site a few days ago: http://genderfork.com/2010/profile-leo/
It was kind of weird for me to see that profile resurface nearly seven months after it’s submission; it was almost triggering, in a way. December was a really difficult month for me.
You’re very welcome. I’m sorry that your comment got cut off - that seems to be happening too frequently on my Formspring :/
My girlfriend works for the company UncommonGoods. They recently had some of the employees participate in a “gift lab”, in which the employee uses one of UncommonGoods products and then writes a review about it. She chose the Make Your Own Ukulele Kit. We both worked on assembling it, and then she did some custom painting and I learned how to play a few chords. The results of the project are now located on UncommonGoods Gift Lab blog.
Q: You’ve chosen not to take T (testosterone) because of the effects it can have on your singing voice. Was this a difficult decision for you? Do you think you’ll ever change your mind?
A: Well, that decision very recently changed, so yes, I did change my mind. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to do T, but I was fed so much fear about what it would do to me vocally that I felt I had no other choice. I have now been on T for 6 months after discovering that the so-called fact around trans guys not being able to sing in fact a myth. I was lucky enough to have found an online community of trans men who documented their voice changes and proved to me without a doubt that I would still be able to sing. I communicated with many of them and was lucky enough to have them know who I was and want to help me.
There are key factors to doing it, like training and singing your heart out on a daily basis. All advice I took. Also, with the help of my Doctor and other amazing people at the Sherbourne Health Centre, I learned that old methods of handing out Testosterone have changed dramatically. I am doing this very slowly. A low dose that will allow my vocal chords to change slowly so that I have wiggle room to train through it. Six months and my voice is doing extremely well. Singing like a baby bird!
And here’s the thing I mainly discovered, most of the dudes who can’t sing after they took T, couldn’t sing before they took T. You have to think along the lines of American Idol here. How many of those people think they can sing ‘cuz their mom told them they could? Now you’re starting to get my drift. Ha ha.
Check out his changed voice!
Thank you so, so much for passing this link along.
Sorry to hear that :( Maybe try watching it in a different browser…? Like, if you’re using Internet Explorer, trying opening it in Firefox, Safari, etc.. Good luck!
I finally watched MTV’s True Life: I’m Changing My Sex. I think that it was pretty well done, for the most part. I didn’t like the very cliche moments of filming the male-to-female person applying make-up, and while I could totally understand why Ted wanted to burn his binder, I couldn’t help but think how useful that used binder might be for someone else can’t afford a binder of their own. Overall, though, nice job, MTV.
Not only does Chaz Bono have a website (http://chazbono.net), he also set up a forum/message board for transgender folks, allies, and gay, lesbian and bi people. He has a specific section called “Ask Chaz”, in which he responds to user’s questions about his transition. Chaz also replies to some of the threads that user’s have created on the message board. Check it out!
And then I’m going to blow dry it so there’s not towel fuzz on it.
- How many guys can say that?
- Does anyone know how to get the rubber smell out?
- How many guys can say ^ that.
- I don’t want formsprings about this.
Going to Dee’s for the weekend. Happy fourth of July everyone : D
Haha - Dude, for a second I thought you were doing some potentially dangerous rendition of this.
(My girlfriend just admitted she wrote this to me while sitting across the room a moment ago)