Saturday, July 5, 2014

Transgender Blog Challenge Day 15: Trans Identity

Today's question is:
How have you embraced your trans identity?

I'm less likely to seriously "embrace" my trans identity after many years of being trans.  I'm mostly ambivalent to it.  It's not that I'm not proud of the things I've accomplished, and I also enjoy meeting other trans people, helping other trans people, educating, and so forth, but it's not as central to my identity as it would have been four or five years ago.  Being queer is central to my identity, but as I feel like I've mentioned before I tend to make a very firm distinction between me being queer (sexual orientation, non-monogamy, kink) and me being trans (which doesn't feel very queer at all to me).  It's not something I enforce--if you consider transness to be inherently queer, I'd disagree but not consider it particularly offensive--but in my own worldview that's just not how it is.

Actual things I do include occasional education efforts (I used to do this a lot but not in a long time as there are many other trans people to take my place in that now), I help newer trans people when I know them in person (I tend not to mentor people I meet online anymore for a lot of complicated reasons, but that's not to say I never would), and I try when it's safe to remain visible.  For instance, when I go to Pride events I always wear something that marks me as trans, whether it's a button or a shirt or a ribbon or something, because testosterone has rendered me so invisible in those spaces.  I am also playing around with another blog that details specifically trans male issues with a diet/health focus. I don't know if I'll stick to it, though.