'When I first considered that I might not be a woman, I was terrified it meant I'd have to change my personality and stop wearing colourful clothes. It sounds trivial, but buying short-sleeved men's shirts, with exciting plant prints, has helped me figure out that I can be non-binary transmasculine, and still myself.'
'It’s important for me to continue to be visible. Visibility means I show up for myself, an act of self-love. '
'We have a variety of options, you know, a whole list of different genders that you can be. There's a whole spectrum of different ways of being your gender. You don't have to be obviously male or female, which I understand is non binary. There’s so many, I don’t know how many there are. And that's awesome. And so, for me, I feel like I've decided, okay this masculinity one is a good fit. I just went straight for that kind of good fit, and I’m really happy I decided to go on this journey which is still a journey.'
Photo credit: Anthony Luvera
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'Transitioning has allowed me to be more confident in who I am and what I like. Being out and proud can be a challenge sometimes but it’s always worth it. I’m lucky to have met so many other amazing people within the trans community - we’re all so different but we are all great in our own ways!'
'We're always visible in public for being an interracial couple and a gay couple, but for us, it's also really important to be visible as a Trans couple, especially a Transmasc for Transmasc couple'
'I came out in November 2018 and made this collage as a form of art therapy. I wanted to capture the pain of my dysphoria with the medical imagery, but also the joy with the bright colours and fruit. Each of the characters helped me realise who I am, either by giving me a model of masculinity to try for myself or by giving me narrative frameworks by which to understand my gender.'
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