A Day Without Trans

The Trump Administration is reportedly considering a narrow legal definition of gender.  It was first reported in the New York Times over the weekend. According to the article, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is arguing for an "explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined 'on a biological basis that is clear,... Continue Reading →

Surviving Suicide

The recent deaths of designer Kate Spade and TV personality Anthony Bourdain have been a conversation starter for mental health and suicide all across the internet.  It's also been a trigger for me, who has seriously contemplated suicide several times.  Kate Spade brought happiness to millions with her designer bags.  Anthony Bourdain inspired many to... Continue Reading →

Putting the TRANS in Transportation

As much as I love to travel, flying has always given me such anxiety; the crowds of tired and stressed people, constantly monitoring your luggage and hustling to find the right terminal. It's hurry up and wait. Megan and I always arrive extra early so we can grab a drink or snack at a bar... Continue Reading →

One Year Transiversary

"Okay!  Here it goes!"  I exclaimed.  I took a gulp of water and swallowed some small blue and large white pills.  With that, my life took a new course.   I had just taken my first dose of spironolactone (spiro) and estradiol.  Spiro is used to block testosterone while estradiol is estrogen.  That was March 12,... Continue Reading →

Smashing Stereotypes

When I was first coming out as transgender, one of my friends exclaimed, "You're going to be one of those cool girls who likes sports!" I'll never forget that comment, because I was so relieved to be accepted by one of my best friends. Yes, I could be one of those cool girls! I really... Continue Reading →

Say Yes to the Dress

"Why not try it?" my doctor asked in the summer of 2016.  I knew I was transgender but very afraid to express myself or begin the transition process.  She was telling me I needed to get outside as my true self and let the world see me.  I also wanted to make sure that transitioning... Continue Reading →

The Pressure to Pass

In the early days of my transition, and even to some extent now, I was obsessed with the idea of passing. In the transgender community, passing means to appear as one's gender identity and not as trans.  I would spend hours getting ready; doing make-up, picking out clothes, shaving everything, plucking eyebrows, tucking, etc.  I... Continue Reading →

Choosing to Live

In the beginning of my transition, some people asked me, "why come out?"  The way I see it, there was no other option.  In the months leading up to that step, I was a shell existing through life.  It hurt to laugh, it hurt to engage and it hurt to be happy. I'm pretty sure... Continue Reading →

Me: A Name I Call Myself

"What are we going to call you?" Megan asked when I first decided to start my transition.  The truth was, I hadn't really settled on a new name.  In the journal I kept in college, I called myself Alison.  This choice was quickly vetoed. (No offence to anyone named Alison, it just didn't seem to... Continue Reading →

Recognizing Myself

Old pictures bring people together. Anytime my family would gather, you knew the old photo albums would come out. There would be old family vacations, old houses we lived in, old people we knew and more. The stories are endless. Some of my favourite memories are just sitting back and listening to my mum and... Continue Reading →

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