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I am a trans-gentleman looking to make a difference in this world. I was born female but that does not make me any less of a man. I believe that everyone has the right to self-determination and that no one has the right to tell another person what they are or aren't. I believe in Universal Human Rights and in a higher power that is not full of wrath and rules but just pure creative and loving energy. I have dedicated my life to making positive change in the world through my work as an LGBT activist. I am currently a Political Science Major at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and plan on working with organizations like the Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Transgender Awareness and others in the activist community after I graduate. In the meantime, I use social media to spread a message of equality. I am here to make a difference in this world. Please join me. My most recent publication is acts as a guide to other FTMs based off of my journey transitioning. Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.
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They want us in boxes

not to close the lid on us

but to understand

to categorize

to feel a sense of security

to make the unknown a little

less blurry.

The fear of the unknown

leads minds to slam the door.

In the human mind that which is unknown is

untrusted.

It has not yet been verified, it cannot be categorized, it can only sit

and fester on the thought.

Can only be speculated

informed by stereotypes, fears, and rumors.

When all that is given to a mind are stereotypes, rumors,

and Fox News stories,

the truth is buried beneath the clutter and must

fight

that much more to be uncovered and known.

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They want us in boxes

not to close the lid on us

but to understand

to categorize

to feel a sense of security

to make the unknown a little

less blurry.

The fear of the unknown

leads minds to slam the door.

In the human mind that which is unknown is

untrusted.

It has not yet been verified, it cannot be categorized, it can only sit

and fester on the thought.

Can only be speculated

informed by stereotypes, fears, and rumors.

When all that is given to a mind are stereotypes, rumors,

and Fox News stories,

the truth is buried beneath the clutter and must

fight

that much more to be uncovered and known.

I do not fit in their boxes.

I am unknown.

But before my truth is stuffed in a box with every misguided attempted to

find information

I hand them my box.

This box is unlike any other.

It does not confine me to six

unmoving walls.

But molds and moves to take shape to my truth

my baggage

my fears

and my words and

none of what a fearful mind will tell you.

This is not a box to hide away in a dark corner.

It is a box that

illuminates

every dark and unknown space filling the gaps in knowledge so people no longer have to mind them.

It is meant to stay open.

It is bigger than it appears.

When I hand it to you the weight of

every truth lifts you up.

The box invites you in

but reminds you that your box is waiting to be reformed

to be filled

and sorted through.

Every box is crying out to be sorted through.

The weight of their un-truths blocks their shine and renders their stories illegible.

You who are boxed in

surrounded with the rest of the target group they want you to conform with

Stand up

Step out

Make your truths visible.

Empty the box of every lie ever said about you.

Throw out the labels of that don’t belong.

Break in the walls and wrap your truth around them.

Clear off the dust and paint.

Wipe away the dirt and blood from every time they cut you down.

Clear out the mess of

“Why don’t you”

and

“Just keep your head down”

Dispose of the litter holding the stench of

“not enough”

and

“give it up”

Then

When your box is no longer square

when it is cleared of everything they tried to make you

Hold it up and shine your light on every unknown that

they feared in you.

When you are true

when your box is clear of darkness

when you understand yourself as new

as different

As real

then you are no longer

unknown

No longer a blind spot threatening

collision

You are no longer a speculation to be mythologized

You are standing there truths are open and questions answered. You are

Visible

And if they still try to force you into a box you did not make yourself

They are not ready for your truth

Because they still

cannot find their own.

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May I ask how much your top surgery costed?
boxersandbinders boxersandbinders Said:

Yeah. It was $8500