Through Janet, I’ve learned to love me more. For this, I thank her.
As I go on, I hope to inspire girls like me to become women like her.
I am Hope.
I am a risk taker, activist, lover, father, and man.
I am #RedefiningRealness.
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I’m amazed at how much more in happening in our community than any of us realize. This is just a glimpse at some it, but one worth taking.
I am an fiercely unapologetic woman of trans* experience.
I am an ex-Mormon from Utah who transitioned in her teens after years of undoubted identity and conviction of self.
I am a suicide survivor, a sexual assault survivor, and a survivor in my own right.
My story began the moment I realized my gender did not match what others expected of me on the basis of my assigned gender. This was obvious to me by the age of 3.
The heartache I have overcome and the trials I have endured cannot be matched by my will to live and my need to be real in my own skin. We make many transitions in life that go far beyond transcendence of sex, gender, and identity, such as the transition from shame and stealth to visibility and voice. I worked tirelessly after surviving my eating disorder, being the speculation of my community, my suicide attempt and severe cutting habits, and exiting my outpatient treatment facility to track down inclusive health care.
Miraculously, I found a inclusive clinical social worker who gave me care and there was no going back after that. I developed into a young woman and had life-saving surgery at age 18 thanks to my father’s retirement account and love.
My parents gave me life twice and I will never forget that.
I am a fierce advocate for my community, my self is legitimate, my love is as real as it gets, and my spirit can never be broken. I reject all preconceived notions of my realness; I redefine that for myself and I live it as I see fit. I have an insatiable love of art, culture, food, and fashion. I work primarily in caretaking in my beautiful Oregon town.
I will always be undoubtedly and unapologetically ME.
"My self is legitimate." —Cassandra, on her story on I AM #REDEFININGREALNESS.
Hello, I’m Ludovic - Ludo for short. I’m a trans guy from Sussex via South Wales, UK.
I love music, dismantling patriarchy at every opportunity, vegan mac n’ cheese, snuggling with my feline pal Branwell, being a super dapper gentleman, and an elegant slob. Putting people into categories or neat and simple boxes has never sat comfortably with me, so of course the gender binary was always going to make me feel uneasy. But, despite past negativity and constant gender misreadings by others, I refuse to feel trapped! Now that I am fully embracing my trans identity in my 30’s and my attitude is a combination of both bemusement and wonder, I experience this physical, spiritual and emotional process of transition.
“So you want to be a man then?” Even coming from the most well-meaning person, this question makes me pause, frozen momentarily with an imaginary finger hovering over the male or female button, quiz show style. I don’t want to become a man. To say that would be to imply that I had “never” been male to begin with, which, of course, is untrue. What I want is to feel my body materialized in the world, in a way that represents something of my true nature.
Something that I am learning as I negotiate this space is that, for me, this isn’t so much a transition, in the transformative becoming “something else” sense, as it is a process of reorientation, a becoming more oneself. This, I would say, is applicable whether or not you are considering medical interventions as a part of your transition. Feeling at home within one’s own temporary shell, a rediscovery of the boy who went into hiding some years ago. He’s peeking out and beckoning to me. He’s smiling.
My name is Lily Alice Kaitlyn Luck. I spent a large part of the first 25 years of my life figuring out who I am. I knew two things for sure: I love being able to connect with people through music and that I was female born into the wrong body. These two seemingly unrelated facts became intrinsically linked as music became my way to cope and to connect. My way to express what I was going through and the emotions I felt. Even if people didn’t understand my journey, I shared my music in the hope that they would recognize the feelings and connect with what I wrote.
People definitely connected. Through my various projects, I’ve been featured on BBC Radio, I’ve had my music played on more than 250 FM stations around the world, I’ve done official remixes for Ministry (Everyday is Halloween – Hypnotic, 2011), Trapt (Headstrong – Hypnotic Records, 2011), Gaudi (Bad Boy Bass – 6 Degrees, 2010) and Pink Floyd (Us and Them – Hypnotic Records, 2012), I had a Beatport No.1 (Illesha – Only Fair Unsub Remix – Simplify, 2011) and I had ARIA Dance Charting tracks (Heartstrings – Klub Kids, 2011). I’ve even been featured on MTV (Gen Bass Presents: Transnational Dubstep). Most recently, I was featured as one of Beatport’s 2013 Artists to Watch. So, basically, music is my life.
I first made music as Alexis K but, when I started going through gender transition, I was open and honest about it with my fans. Because of this, I was harassed, stopped from playing, dropped from labels, and even blacklisted from blogs and events.
I started the annonymous project called Unsub in late 2010 to protect myself and keep being able to do what I love. Unsub took all that negativity and redirected it towards music.
But, I realized that I shouldn’t need to change or hide who I am in order to follow my passions and achieve my dreams. My debut album, released in November last year, was the creative embodiment of that process. The merging of my past and my future into alignment. It is the essence of the story I am telling the world, that I am free to be me.
I’m taking that story on the road and connecting with a larger and more progressive audience, in defiance of those who don’t want me to succeed purely on the basis of the differences I represent. I’m showing people that we don’t have to hide who we are just because we are different. That we won’t be stopped by hate. That just because I was born different doesn’t mean I can’t achieve my dreams. Above all else, I’m making people dance all across the world. After all, a revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having <3.
“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.” - Jean-Paul Sartre
Janet Mock for HEROES . Writer . NYC, 2013
“I am a trans woman. My sisters are trans women. We are not secrets. We are not shameful. We are worthy of respect, desire, and love. As there are many kinds of women, there are many kinds of men, and many men desire many kinds of women, trans women are amongst these women. And let’s be clear: Trans women are women.” - Janet Mock / How Society Shames Men Dating Trans Women & How This Affects Our Lives
In April or May of 2013, I invited (as Janet Mock says) people into my life to experience this wonderful journey in becoming who I truly am. It felt so beautiful but I was fearful of offering the invitation because I didn’t know if my family and friends would still love me. I was afraid of losing my job and my career as an artist. I was afraid of not being able to fund my transition. I was filled with so much anxiety and that is because we are often targets of violence and abuse on a daily basis. The day my anxiety, depression, and fear decreased was the day I discovered an introduction video by Janet Mock on her website. She said, “I know that you can live the life of your dreams as well. I promise that it gets better. I know because I am you. I love you and I can’t wait to see you on the other side.” I honestly sat in front of my computer and cried. I needed to hear that I would still be loved. I needed to hear that it was okay to embark on this journey of self-discovery. I needed support.
Through Janet’s agency, she has inspired me to continue to live my truth and the importance of telling one’s story. Not only for me, but also for others within the trans* community. In the past 11 months, I have never felt so complete in my entire life. The struggles are THERE, believe me, but I feel so much stronger and beautiful than ever before. Janet.. thank you for your words, your encouragement, your hard work, your time, your voice, and your soul. You are truly an inspiration.
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