Once I blow out my vocal chords and require surgery that limits my ability to sing, it’s over for you pitches.
Once all of my proposals are rejected by the marketing team and the board of directors, it’s over for you pitches.
Once I have a career ending rotator cuff injury in Game 7 of the World Series, it’s over for you pitches.
Once all the European football stadiums are torn down, it’s over for you pitches.
Once I get all these various tree saps cleaned off my hands, it’s over for you pitches.
Once I pull this aircraft out of a nose dive, it’s over for you pitches.
Once I’ve put up all these camping tents, it’s over for you pitches.

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8 Aug
When we come out, a lot of us are very quick to tell our families, friends, employers, and ourselves that we will be largely the same person we always were, with the same interests, the same personality, the same dreams. It’s just our names, pronouns, & presentation that change.
At first, this will probably be true. Some sameness is comforting, and stabilizing. Too many changes at once are often disorienting and too difficult to manage. Also, a lot of us are pretty sure we don’t WANT to change much. And so we rush to reassure everyone that we are intact.
That was what I told everyone. I said I’d still love to make art, and I’d listen to metal music, and I’d write poems, and read comic books. On and on, that I would be the same product wrapped in a different package. It made them feel better, and it made me feel better, too.
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I just wanted to say that if you are going through depression during this pandemic - the start-sobbing-for-no-reason-sleep-all-day-not-eating-right-avoiding-everyone-having-a-hard-time-finding-joy-in-anything kind of depression...

Me too.

I’m doing all that stuff, too.
I don’t even fully know why. I’m working it, in therapy. I’m trying to take small steps to clean a room in the house, or make food other than cheese & crackers. I’m trying to talk to people about what I’m feeling instead of hiding my pain from them. I’m trying to go for walks.
I took a shower today. That was a thing. I even made a phone call. I cried after both. I don’t know why. I just need to cry a lot lately. Like, A LOT. I’m lonely, even though I have lots of people who care about me, online & in real life. Sometimes being with them is even hard.
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8 Jul
It's been difficult to process crushes I had as a young trans person before I understood myself as such, in the context of developing sexuality. I've said before that one of the best things about transition is that when your gender is finally sorted, sexuality makes more sense.
Put another way, it's an enormously eye-opening realization to finally understand which sexuality vector your affections are coming from. It's very different to think you like someone as a straight boy than it is to know you like someone as a gay girl. Awareness changes a lot.
Because I didn't have language or safe space to explore gender, it wasn't possible for me to understand myself as a lesbian, only a "not quite straight boy." As frustrating as labels are sometimes, "not quite straight" isn't sufficient at all for satisfying self-awareness.
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4 Jul
It’s July 4, and that makes it 3 years since I came out as a transgender person. I haven’t told this story before, but my decision to finally come out was inspired in large part by my niece, Anne, who was 3 years old at the time. In the pic, Anne is the one on the right. @bretrs
I took this picture at the 4th of July parade in Grand Rapids. Here’s what’s happening in the picture:
Anne, and the girl on the left had never met each other before or since, but we all ended up at the same spot on the parade route. Anne did not like loud noises, at all.
People in outlandish costumes frightened her, and she spent the early part of the parade hanging back and covering her ears, nestled into my brother’s arms for protection. At some point, the local businesses & orgs finally started to come by us, all throwing out candy & prizes.
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5 Apr
Hey, so, just a reminder that transgender people who are cis-passing don’t just magically stop feeling gender dysphoria b/c they blend into or benefit from an arbitrary cishet standard. For some, blending in can actually be a CAUSE of gender dysphoria. Not everyone has the same
goals or standards of self-acceptance. So when someone expresses that they are feeling hurt by & tired from gender dysphoria, consider how you are responding to that person in order to do more healing, rather than more harming. Affirmations & compliments are great, but here are
some things to keep in mind about how they may sometimes hit...
Not everyone is able to be actively working on their mental health - whether specific to gender dysphoria, or general mental health. Many of the ways we often try to reassure or reaffirm a person expressing
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