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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.
Check out my blog about my journey as activist and FtM at boxersandbinders.com Legalize Trans - Affirm, Include, Appreciate trans and gender-non-conforming people and issues Click here to visit Legalize Trans.
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most of my trans* friends have the easiest time responding to their preferred pronouns and name, but I still have a hard time with it, even though I chose my name and I know it fits me? Does that make me a bad trans* person?
boxersandbinders boxersandbinders Said:

No, not at all. You are not a bad trans* person. It honestly takes time. You just have to get used to it. For me I spent an entire weekend shortly after I came out as a conference where I introduced myself as Tony and using he/him pronouns. 

It is totally fine to need time to get used to things. You’ll get there. Just give yourself time. 

Instructions for a Bad Day

Someone, somewhere, is having a bad day. Hit share so they will see this. Remind them that love is still there and that every bad day ends.

"In the unlikely event that you have no one, look again.

Everyone is blessed with the ability to Listen. The Deaf will hear you with their Eyes. The Blind will see you with their Hands. Let your Heart fill their news-stands, let them read all about it. Admit to the bad days, the impossible nights. Listen to the insights of those who have been there, but come back. They will tell you; you can stack misery, you can pack disappear you can even wear your sorrow - but come tomorrow you must change your clothes.

Everyone knows Pain. We are not meant to carry it forever.”

I was nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge by a friend who donated to a cause close to her heart. I chose to donate not only to ALS, but also to theNational Center for Transgender Equality for all the amazing work they do for the rights of #Transgender people. I nominate all of you to take the challenge and donate to a cause close to your heart. 
Visit this link to donate to NCTEhttps://secure.commonground.convio.com/ncte/donationfromnctewebsite/and this link for ALS https://secure2.convio.net/alsa/site/Donation2?df_id=27420&27420.donation=form1

Read about my FTM story at http://boxersandbinders.com/  and follow me on Facebook for updates, tips, news, resources, and more. 

Photography by PJ Photography

Reblog and remind someone that they are worth it. 

Two Years and One Surgery Later…

This September will mark 2 years since I started taking Testosterone and 7 months since I had top surgery. 

I have been so lucky to have a great photography to document every step of my transition. Make sure to check out Pallin Allar's photography at http://Wix.com/palla200/pjphoto

Visit Boxers and Binders: an FTM Story to learn more about my transition, FTM issues, and find tons of resources and check out my Facebook page for daily updates and tips for transman! 

Depression kills silently and if we continue to allow it its invisibility, it will win every time. But when we shed light on the corners where it hides and release ourselves from its grip with every spoken truth about its nature, we will weaken its power over our lives.

Again, the victim is the only one being charged with anything! We are constantly being told that when you are LGBT, a person of color, or homeless, it is against the law to DEFEND YOURSELF. Sign this petition to tell the system that we will not stand for this!
http://www.change.org/petitions/judge-todd-markle-we-want-all-charges-against-luke-o-donovan-to-be-dropped#share

Again, the victim is the only one being charged with anything! We are constantly being told that when you are LGBT, a person of color, or homeless, it is against the law to DEFEND YOURSELF. 
Sign this petition to tell the system that we will not stand for this!

http://www.change.org/petitions/judge-todd-markle-we-want-all-charges-against-luke-o-donovan-to-be-dropped#share

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