An Overdue Reconnection with Myself

I have lived about a million places it feels like. And while going home to a small town seems romantic, I know that I would be bored not having the entertainment and community options I have here in Rochester. My family has lived in a bunch...

Apparel Brand of the Year | Transient Apparel

Transient Apparel is a community-based lifestyle brand based on love of ourselves and the love of others. They are a passionate and dedicated family here to help support the LGBTQ, more specifically, Trans+ community. "After years of not being able to express my own personality and...

The Dog Days of Transition

I have to believe that there are guys out there that are in the same situation as me. Those that are in the middle. Those that aren’t at the end, but you aren’t at the very tip of the iceberg anymore either. Maybe you have...

Actor of the Year | Elliot Fletcher

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Elliot Fletcher is an actor and musician known for his work on the MTV comedy series Faking It and The Fosters. Fletcher was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, by his parents Julia Fletcher and John DeMita. He came out to his parents as transgender in 2013, during his senior year of high school. Fletcher...

Flambeaux CrossFit in Louisiana is a big deal… Here’s why

My name is Dillon King, I'm a trans guy born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana, which is about 10 minutes outside of New Orleans. I started my transition a little over two years ago and I can without question say it's the best decision...

Activist of the Year | Chris Rhodes

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Chris Rhodes is the co-founder of FLAVNT streetwear, and a writer for FTM Magazine. Chris has been active in the community for many years. Recently Chris and his sister Courtney launched a bearskin binder project that created binders in several skin tones (closer than...

My life cannot be a quest for cisgender approval

“Is your family accepting?”  The question comes too often to be heartening.  I appreciate the concern, but I am also suspicious.  When cis people ask about my family, I hear sympathy in their voices, but I also hear pity; cis people are glad they...

The Realization of Something You’ve Always Known

So, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of the Internet. Gather round, for I have a story to tell. It is neither a story of joy or woe. It isn't anything big, or at least I don't think it is. But some people on...

Transitioning In Your Older Years

I completed my FTM transition at the ripe age of 51. For me it began as a way to legally marry my wife, but ended up being the best gift I have given myself to date. I remember in the early 2000's watching a show about a sixty year...

Detroit Trans Man raises funds for Youth Care Packages

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This holiday season it has been amazing to see all of the inter community charity and giving. In one such instance, Grayson Papp of Detroit, MI raised enough funds to give about 30 care packages to local Trans Youth in need. Inside were things like...

An Open Letter to the Trans YouTube Community

I've been out as a transgender male for the past two years. I came out to my friends and family about a few months after I realized there was a word that described exactly how I felt about myself and my body. Luckily for...

Embodiment and Empowerment through Exercise and Nutrition

One of the biggest challenges that I have when dealing with bouts of dysphoria is feeling completely disconnected from my body.  To some trans men (but this can refer to all non-binary and trans women too), our bodies are a source of trauma.  A...

An Open Letter to my Trans Best Friend

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First and foremost, you need to not only know, but also understand that your story is among my favorites I have had the pleasure to learn about. Before you, I think my perspective was limited to the white picketed fences that were my suburban...

The Pain of Disownment from a Transmasculine Perspective

For a great many trans men disownment from their family is a reality that is both incredibly painful and unceasingly misunderstood. While the stigma of being transgender is decreasing - the fact of the matter is that many trans people still find themselves among...

Nipping Buds of Toxic Masculinity

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I sit on the couch and watch TV.  One twin is nestled with his shoulder under my arm, and the other twin is lying with her cheek on my knee. I have been babysitting these kids since they were two years old and I...

The bitter-sweet freedom I’m longing to taste

In many years throughout my life as a teenager, I have wished to appear more like the men in magazines. Mostly, I wanted to become a model. All of the aspirations and dreams happen during my sleep, but, what about when I wake up? I thought...

Help give 50 Homeless LGBTQ Youth Holiday Care Packages

As a former Homeless Youth who is Transgender I know how hard the holiday season can be for youth in the LGBTQ+ community. In addition, I know that the winter months can be rough too. Just to find shelter and warmth throughout the day and...

6 Things to Keep in Mind while You Navigate the World With a Gender Diverse Experience

Krakens taking the rudder: a perspective on the gender diverse community to get six more arms to self-embrace better, do self-esteem push ups and greet strangers. These six more marks among the many we may know yet are the things I wish people expressed to me...

Love Trumps Trump, a series of unfortunate life truths

A lot of us are stunned and alarmed at the news of the US election.  It led me through some very painful emotions, but also offered opportunities for deeper connections and perspectives.  It made me ponder a little bit of my mother's history and...

An Open Letter to an Unsupportive Mother

I give thanks to you for many things. I thank you for giving me life. I thank you for always being there to kiss my booboo’s and mend my broken heart. I thank you for showing me love and compassion, and raising me to...
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